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4.0 out of 5 stars A Short History of Medicine, 5 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine (Paperback)
Although the title indicates that its only a "short" history of medicine, I felt that there was very little emphasis on modern, twentieth century medical developments. On the other hand, ancient medical practices (which lacked significantly in the areas of diagnostics and therapeutics, hence hardly of much importance) receive obvious attention in several chapters throughout the book.
For example, the author only dedicated a very short paragraph for CT scans and MRI's. These two imagining modalities revolutionized modern medicine and in my view deserve more than a few lines.
Of interest, is a point well described in the book, that is the vital shift in medical teaching when medical schools were linked to hospitals (one would think that the two have always been closely associated). This point illustrates the importance of combining clinical teaching with basic science for better understanding of the pathophysiology of diseases.
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