- 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)
Kill or Cure Hardcover – 1 Nov 2013
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed reading this book. Glad I live with our take on illness!Published 9 months ago by MRS B L HEAPE
Interesting and informative well written..........well worth a read.Published 22 months ago by robbo
I wanted a non fiction book that would hold my interest and this did. Not too difficult to read, any jargon is explained and links to more detail in other chapters is provided. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Kindle Customer
Looking forward to reading it - I'm sure it will make me grateful for the NHS.Published on 1 Jun. 2015 by Adele