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A Short, Illustrated History of... Medicine By John C. Miles

A Short, Illustrated History of... Medicine by John C. Miles

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A curated collection of the best examples of medical discoveries and inventions from history

A Short, Illustrated History of... Medicine Summary

A Short, Illustrated History of... Medicine by John C. Miles

If you're fed up with learning the names of kings and queens or dates of battles, then this is the history book for you. This book only contains some of the most brilliant bits about medicine in history. No rubbish diagrams or grainy photos - just really cool facts, intriguing people and of course the best eureka moments - all beautifully illustrated.

It includes: prehistoric trepanning, Hippocrates, Galen and Vesalius. It also looks at diseases such as scurvy and smallpox and how understanding vitamins and inoculation lead to millions of lives being saved. Later innovations include the discovery of penicillin, antiseptics and anaesthetics. Later, readers will discover heart surgery, psychiatry and scanning.

We've curated for kids some of the best examples of medical marvels. The chronological order will help them get to grips with how and why one discovery can lead to another. It also shows how humans have continually strived to improve their lives and even the world by building on successes from the past, inspiring them to take leaps into the unknown or to reveal their genius to the world.

Designed to spark the interest of children aged 8+ studying history and STEM topics at key stage 2, the text is snappy and completely relevant, so boredom is not an option. The 4-book series, A Short Illustrated History, celebrates some of the best thinkers, scientists, mathematicians, inventors, engineers and creative geniuses the world has ever seen!

Titles in this series:
Space Exploration

About John C. Miles

John C. Miles (Author)
John C. Miles began life in Toronto, Canada and read music, history and English at university. Moving to the UK, he worked in London as a children's non-fiction editor for many years. A passionate historian, John spends much time researching the past and wondering how and why. He now lives near Bath, where he writes and edits. He also loves to photograph local landscapes with his collection of vintage film cameras.

Rita Petruccioli (Illustrator)
Rita Petruccioli was born in Rome in 1982. She attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome and ENSAD in Paris. Her works have been exhibited in Italy, France, Germany and South Korea. She works as an illustrator and comic book artist for different projects including advertising, magazines, textile design and children books. She has collaborated with different publishers such as Mondadori, Bao Publishing, Einaudi, Ladybird, Timbuktu Lab, Auzou, ELI, Lavieri, La Nuova Frontiera Junior, Il Castoro and Laterza. When she is not drawing she is engaged in workshops on gender stereotypes in comics.

Table of Contents

  • 1: Prehistoric medicine
  • 1: Ancient Greek and Roman medicine
  • 1: Chinese and Islamic medicine
  • 1: New theories
  • 1: Dissection and anatomy
  • 1: Circulation
  • 1: Sailors and scurvy
  • 1: Smallpox and inoculation
  • 1: Cholera
  • 1: Anaesthetics
  • 1: Louis Pasteur and vaccines
  • 1: Antiseptic surgery
  • 1: Psychiatry
  • 1: Roentgen and X-rays
  • 1: Magic bullets
  • 1: Antibiotics - a chance discovery
  • 1: Insulin
  • 1: The first heart transplant
  • 1: Imaging
  • 1: Joint replacement surgery
  • 1: Genetic therapy - and the future
  • 1: Glossary
  • 1: Further information
  • 1: Index

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A Short, Illustrated History of... Medicine by John C. Miles
Hachette Children's Group
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