The Making of Modern Medicine: Turning Points in the Treatment of Disease

The Making of Modern Medicine Turning Points in the Treatment of Disease At the dawn of the twenty first century we have become accustomed to medical breakthroughs and conditioned to assume that regardless of illnesses doctors almost certainly will be able to help not j

  • Title: The Making of Modern Medicine: Turning Points in the Treatment of Disease
  • Author: Michael Bliss
  • ISBN: 9780226059013
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At the dawn of the twenty first century, we have become accustomed to medical breakthroughs and conditioned to assume that, regardless of illnesses, doctors almost certainly will be able to help not just by diagnosing us and alleviating our pain, but by actually treating or even curing diseases, and significantly improving our lives For most of human history, however,At the dawn of the twenty first century, we have become accustomed to medical breakthroughs and conditioned to assume that, regardless of illnesses, doctors almost certainly will be able to help not just by diagnosing us and alleviating our pain, but by actually treating or even curing diseases, and significantly improving our lives For most of human history, however, that was far from the case, as veteran medical historian Michael Bliss explains in The Making of Modern Medicine Focusing on a few key moments in the transformation of medical care, Bliss reveals the way that new discoveries and new approaches led doctors and patients alike to discard fatalism and their traditional religious acceptance of suffering in favor of a new faith in health care and in the capacity of doctors to treat disease He takes readers in his account to three turning points a devastating smallpox outbreak in Montreal in 1885, the founding of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medical School, and the discovery of insulin and recounts the lives of three crucial figures researcher Frederick Banting, surgeon Harvey Cushing, and physician William Osler turning medical history into a fascinating story of dedication and discovery Compact and compelling, this searching history vividly depicts and explains the emergence of modern medicine and, in a provocative epilogue, outlines the paradoxes and confusions underlying our contemporary understanding of disease, death, and life itself.

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    1. This short book (made even shorter text-wise by a handful of photos/illustrations in each chapter) captures a series of lectures given by Dr. Bliss. I concur with another reviewer here that as such, it's really more of a summary of three of Dr. Bliss's books: the ones about smallpox in Montreal, William Osler, and the discovery of insulin, respectively. The lectures/chapters are very short and cursory--or, to put it another way, just long enough for Bliss to make all his claims (i.e to present t [...]

    2. Book Reviews: Two of a KindI decided to take advantage of my hour long lunch hour by taking part of it and reading books. Right now, I’m concentrating on non-fiction, Medical History books; eventually, I’ll get back into reading fiction.One of the last of the hardcover books left on my shelf is The Making of Modern Medicine: Turning Points in the Treatment of Disease by Michael Bliss and the next book was the Kindle version of Stores from the Emergency Room by Mary Beth Engrav, MD.I’m comb [...]

    3. Den overordnede tese er den samme, som eksempelvis også Whythe har fremført, nemlig at religion og sundhed lapper over. Så der er ikke så meget nyt.

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