By Lois N. Magner
A non-technical, jargon-free presentation of the historical past of drugs from palaeopathology to fresh theories and practices of recent drugs. It supplies a wide-ranging evaluation of Western medication and an advent to the wealthy and sundry scientific traditions of the close to and much East.;This textual content stresses the foremost subject matters within the historical past of drugs - putting the fashionable adventure in the framework of historic matters - and it offers scientific background as a big a part of highbrow and social historical past, delivering scholars with an exam of the sphere that encourages them to query glossy clinical assumptions. components which are much less well-known to scholars are highlighted, and case histories symbolize broader concerns and traits.
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The idea that a book, course, or curriculum can achieve balance by eliminating the history and culture of more than half the world's peoples is, I think, very dangerous. It should also be noted that I have used a framework that historians of medicine tend to find incongruous with current historiographical trends. That is, the book is arranged in a roughly chronological, but largely thematic manner. Historians of medicine may well object to discussing Hansen's disease and its status and treatment in the 1990s in a chapter that primarily deals with the Middle Ages.
They have heard promotions for Ayurvedic remedies, but are unfamiliar with Indian history and culture. Cutting out topics, especially when following the advice of experts rather than personal preference, has been particularly painful. In some cases, like the history of nursing, the challenge of cholera, and medical education, there are excellent and accessible studies which can be used to supplement a general text. However, the suggestion that all non-Western materials be removed was one I found unacceptable.