The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity (The Norton History of Science)

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W. W. Norton, Oct 17, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 831 pages
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"To combine enormous knowledge with a delightful style and a highly idiosyncratic point of view is Roy Porter's special gift, and it makes [this] book . . . alive and fascinating and provocative on every page."—Oliver Sacks, M.D.

Hailed as "a remarkable achievement" (Boston Sunday Globe) and as "a triumph: simultaneously entertaining and instructive, witty and thought-provoking . . . a splendid and thoroughly engrossing book" (Los Angeles Times), Roy Porter's charting of the history of medicine affords us an opportunity as never before to assess its culture and science and its costs and benefits to mankind. Porter explores medicine's evolution against the backdrop of the wider religious, scientific, philosophical, and political beliefs of the culture in which it develops, covering ground from the diseases of the hunter-gatherers to today's threat of AIDS and ebola, from the clearly defined conviction of the Hippocratic oath to the muddy ethical dilemmas of modern-day medicine. Offering up a treasure trove of historical surprises along the way, this book "has instantly become the standard single-volume work in its field" (The Lancet). "The author's perceptiveness is, as usual, scalpel-sharp; his manner genially bedside; his erudition invigorating." - Simon Schama

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In a word--DENSE. It was a 'good dense' in that it covered just about everything you could ever want to know about the subject. At times a slow read, but definitely worth working through. Read full review

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An extraordinary book by an engaging author who left us too soon. The most readable and best single volume history of medicine and health care written within the last 50 years. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

The late Roy Porter was professor in the social history of medicine at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College, London. His books include Blood and Guts and Flesh in the Age of Reason.

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