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Kill or Cure Hardcover – 1 Nov 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: DK; 01 edition (1 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409332721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409332725
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Steve Parker graduated with a BSc (Honours, First Class) in Zoology and is a Senior Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London. He has written more than 200 books and has edited or contributed to over 100 more, including The Human Body, Body Atlas, and Eyewitness Medicine, published by DK. He has been shortlisted for the Rhone-Poulenc Science Book of the Year and the Times Educational Supplement Information Book of the Year.

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This book by Steve Parker is a sumptuously illustrated history of human endeavour, ingenuity and perseverance in the field of medicine. The reader cannot but admire the sheer elegance of the minds involved in the dogged work that was needed to evince the evolving medical knowledge.

Reading the book one becomes slowly aware of an almost Schadenfreudal, if slightly discomforting appreciation of the sacrifices from the past that ensured the continuum of medical progress, alongside an almost comforting Münchausen-like journey through the various diseases and emerging treatments. Eventually we realise that we are the beneficiaries of the progress that is narrated in these pages.

To my mind the Kill in the title was the demise of my inability to fully appreciate the medical panorama that has led to the present-day efficacy of medical treatments, while similarly the Cure is the powerful empathy engendered by this book that has purged the ubiquitous cynicism about the role of the medical practitioner in the modern world.

Each section in the book is divided into succinct chapters of just the right length to move the narrative forward while covering all the essentials about the pathology in question and the subsequent treatments and cures.

From prehistoric times where a surprising number of medicaments were used, through the biographies of Imhotep in Egypt, Hippocrates in Greece and Galen in Rome, one can feel the desperate urge to offer physical succour, treatment and cure. This urge to alleviate suffering and to effect a cure is the predominate theme of this book.

The story is enlivened by the spread of knowledge through the different eons, cultures, empires and nationalities.
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If you're already into topics like this, then you probably know much of the content of this book already. It covers a lot of different time periods and medical innovations throughout history, and how they relate to medicine of today. It was interesting enough, with a few helpful pictures of equipment from days gone by, but for me, it didn't really provide me with much new information, as I have a keen interest in historical medicine.
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My partnet was horrified when she clapped eyes on this great DK book I can tell you!
She has long thought of me as mad as a March Hare, so I could not really care a jot.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it was so very interesting - if a touch grim at times!
Recommended.
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I found this book to be incredibly interesting, with a comprehensive and well structured account of the role medicine has played since ancient times. Very enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
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Excellent read for a layman. A pity some of the illustrations did not transfer well to my Kindle.
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Interesting book. I'm a bit of a goul really so it was just my thing
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