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The Medical Millennium: 1000 Pioneers Who Have Contributed to the Development of Medicine Over the Last 1000 Years; Dates in Medicine. A chronological record of medical progress over three millennia

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7262.711 (Published 16 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:711
  1. Irvine Loudon, medical historian
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    The Medical Millennium: 1000 Pioneers Who Have Contributed to the Development of Medicine Over the Last 1000 Years

    Helen S J Lee

    Parthenon Publishing, £25, pp 113

    ISBN1 85070 466 X

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    Dates in Medicine. A chronological record of medical progress over three millennia

    Ed Anton Sebastian

    Parthenon Publishing, £35, pp 435

    ISBN 1 85070 095

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    Quite apart from the Millennium Dome, our daft obsession with a date containing three zeros has a lot to answer for—including these two books, which have been “inspired” by the millennium. The Medical Millennium consists of 1000 names in alphabetical order from Peter of Abano (1250-1316) to Yvunge Zotterman (1898-1982), who wrote an autobiography called Touch, Tickle and Pain. For each name, dates of birth and death are given, followed by a potted biography of 20-30 words. Having to find 1000 names has led to there being some unlikely people included, and the book would have been much better with fewer names and longer entries. However, most of the entries are sensibly written, and there seem to be few mistakes—apart from James Harvey for William Harvey in the …

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