Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine by Roy Porter

Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine by Roy Porter

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This is a brief history of mankind's battle to stay alive. Each chapter sums up a different battlefield - from surgery to hospitals and to the body itself.

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Mankind's battle to stay alive and healthy for as long as possible is our oldest, most universal and formidable struggle. This witty and often shocking book explores the ingenious ways in which we have fought disease over the ages in our quest for immortality. Roy Porter examines the changing role of doctors, from ancient healers, apothecaries and blood-letters to today's professionals; looks at the drugs we have used, from Ayurvedic remedies to the launch of Viagra in 1998; follows the huge advances in surgery, from amputations performed by barbers without anaesthetic to today's sophisticated transplants; and shows how hospitals have been transformed from Christian places of convalescence to modern medical powerhouses. Porter concludes that, while many people lead longer and healthier lives in the 21st century, our worries about illness and our mistrust of medics seem to be greater than ever.

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SKU GOR001221192
Title Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine
Author By (author) Roy Porter
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Year Published 2002
Number of Pages 224
ISBN 10 0713996692
ISBN 13 9780713996692
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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Mankind's battle to stay alive and healthy for as long as possible is our oldest, most universal and formidable struggle. This witty and often shocking book explores the ingenious ways in which we have fought disease over the ages in our quest for immortality. Roy Porter examines the changing role of doctors, from ancient healers, apothecaries and blood-letters to today's professionals; looks at the drugs we have used, from Ayurvedic remedies to the launch of Viagra in 1998; follows the huge advances in surgery, from amputations performed by barbers without anaesthetic to today's sophisticated transplants; and shows how hospitals have been transformed from Christian places of convalescence to modern medical powerhouses. Porter concludes that, while many people lead longer and healthier lives in the 21st century, our worries about illness and our mistrust of medics seem to be greater than ever.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR001221192
Title Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine
Author By (author) Roy Porter
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Year Published 2002
Number of Pages 224
ISBN 10 0713996692
ISBN 13 9780713996692
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No

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