Medicine And Books

Western Medicine: An Illustrated History

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7129.485a (Published 07 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:485
  1. Ann Dally, research fellow, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine
  1. London

    Ed Irvine Loudon Oxford University Press, £25, pp 346 ISBN 0 19 820509 0

    The history of medicine, new style, is becoming increasingly popular. Run by historians more than by doctors, it banishes antiquarianism, “great discoveries,” “great men,” and professional self satisfaction. It welcomes all aspects of medicine in historical context. As a result, there has been a recent plethora of large, beautifully illustrated books written by experts with the aim of giving a bird's eye view. This is one such book and …

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