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Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine (Allen Lane History) By Roy Porter

Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine (Allen Lane History)
by Roy Porter

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 (Allen Lane History)
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year published
Number of pages
224
ISBN 10
0713996692
ISBN 13
9780713996692
Prizes
Winner of Wolfson Literary Award for History 1992
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