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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (27 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853156191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853156199
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An anatomy upon the historical body of London.
Peter Ackroyd

What a brilliant book! Nick Black's knowledge is encyclopaedic. Fascinating. I'm enjoying both the book and the walks!
Customer Review from Karol Sikora, Professor of Cancer Medicine, Imperial College

Black tweaks aside the curtains, scratches away the paintwork, and lifts the roofs to reveal the intriguing secrets of London's hidden medical past. With marvellous insights ... at every twist and turn, navigated with the help of clear directions and useful maps, Black's guidebook provides not only exercise for the legs but enlightenment for the mind.
BMJ, November 2006.

As the title indicates, this is a guide for walking tours of medical history in London, but it is far more than that. It is, in fact, a history of medicine ... This is a delightful book. One need not go to London or take a single one of the seven walks to learn from this most attractive book. I especially enjoyed the modern photographs, sharp and crisp.
Doody's Book Review Service

In this excellent guide, Nick Black ... offers seven walks, each of which illustrates the complex relationships between the various bodies and individuals who dealt with health provision, their triumphs, failures and many conflicts ... This is an absolute must read for those who believe that if we do not learn from the past we are condemned to repeat it.
Nursing Standard

This is an outstanding book for anyone who is interested in the history of medicine in London...I wish I could have purchased this book many years ago.
Medical Sciences History

Walks you'll actually want to go on.
Tom Lamont, Editor, Time Out: London for Londoners

Its strength lies in the guided tours, the magnificent illustrations and, lastly, a series of some 36 brief articles about subjects as diverse as ambulances, almoners, convalescent homes, finance and nurses' leagues. This is a book which anyone interested in the history of either London or medicine will find invaluable.
London Society Journal, Winter 2007

The author provides a fascinating insight into the historical development of healthcare which is relevant not only in London but in the country as a whole
Ulster Medical Journal

5 Stars: History brought to life
This valuable book makes two very unusual contributions. It explains the origins of dozens of institutions and organisations that are usually ignored by medical historians; and it provides excellent illustrations of buildings whose original function has, in many cases, been forgotten. It is a veritable mine of information.


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Nick Black MD FFPHM FRCS DRCOG DCH
Professor of Health Services Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Zeke on 11 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
What sets this book apart from the other walking guides I've used to explore London is not just the theme of medical history, but the cogent descriptions of the sites, the fluid writing and easy to follow directions.

I'm interested in medical history, so of course found it inherently up my alley. My partner joined me for most of the walks and enjoyed them as well, though he's not interested in medical history particularly.

It gave us an opportunity to see some parts of London we might otherwise never go to, and to look at the city from a new perspective, as well as learning about the development of Britain's pride and joy, the NHS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Lindsay on 25 Feb. 2010
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This book is an essential item for anyone interested in the medical history of London, or indeed for those who like historical walks.

It is well researched and extremely informative. Even if you already know a lot about London's medical history, there are institutions in here that you will not have heard of! I have recommended it to many people already!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M .Parsons on 23 Oct. 2010
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This valuable book makes two very unusual contributions. It explains the origins of dozens of institutions and organisations that are usually ignored by medical historians; and it provides excellent illustrations of buildings whose original function has, in many cases, been forgotten. It is a veritable mine of information.
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By james wb wright on 12 Dec. 2014
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this book is brilliant, and so will the walks be when i do them next year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Walking Medical London 10 Jan. 2007
By Dr. Duncan B. Neuhauser - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the great cities in the world to walk in is London. For some one interested in medical history and who wants to walk in London,this is your book. The author is an internationally known professor at the London School of Hygine and he has written this out of his own personal enthusiasm. He knows what he is talking about. Each walk takes you between two subway stops and this book tells you what you will see in between them. In April 2010, thanks to an Icelandic volcano I had several extra days in London with perfect city weather. I followed half the walking tours of this handy book. The author really sticks to his subject. He walks you to within two meters of the Charlie Chaplin Statue and it is up to you to notice. I walked alot in Islington and this book made it fascinating. A parking lot that was once a Dickensian work house. The only building left there is the former Imbicile's dormatory; now up-scale apartments. Richard Barnett's book "Medical London" is also good and covers different topics and locations, but Professor Black's book is the one to carry as you walk.
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