Item description for Medicine in Quotations: Views of Health and Disease Through the Ages, Second Edition by Edward J. Huth & T. J. Murray...
Who was the first to write about a certain disease, diagnose it, and treat it? This book answers those questions for a wide range of diseases, from Abetalipoproteinemia to Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. What were the medical practitioners of previous generations hoping to achieve? What were their patients expecting of them? The answers are found in these quotations.Containing over 3,000 entries, and now updated with more than 450 new quotations, this new edition of Medicine in Quotations is the most comprehensive collection of its type published in over 30 years. It is much more than a random collection of famous sayings relating to sickness and health, disease and treatment; it is a portrait of medicine throughout recorded history. You will discover how medical concepts and practices have developed and shifted through the millennia, and how many illnesses recognized today were first identified a thousand or more years ago. Quotations are organized by topic, and each is fully referenced, allowing curious readers to return to the original source. Subject and author indices make it easy to find quotations of interest. Medicine in Quotations is an invaluable resource for writers, speakers, and all those interested in the history of medicine.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.75" Width: 7" Height: 10" Weight: 3.1 lbs.
Release Date Jan 27, 2006
Publisher American College of Physicians
ISBN 1930513674 ISBN13 9781930513679
Reviews - What do customers think about Medicine in Quotations: Views of Health and Disease Through the Ages, Second Edition?
New, comprehensive, educational Aug 8, 2000
With over 400 books in my collection of quotation books,some dating back 400+ years, I feel confident in saying that this book is a welcome addition in a field where so many are just spun off small presses without adding anything to the field.
A good quotation book is, by my mind, subject categorized (as opposed to alphabetically categorized by author,) with solid info on the quotation sources, providing a mix of most familiar quottes with some solid new nuggets of wisdom.
This book meets these criteria, taking the idea of a medical quotation book a step further than the previous "classic standard" of medical quotations, Familiar Medical Quotations, edited by Maurice Strauss, which is now 30 years old (though some of my favorites are much older than that, including Harbottle and Dalbiac, Hoyt, Allibone, Tryon Edwards, and Stephenson.)
Another indication of a great quotation book is the attention the editors or collectors pay to the subject headings. This book is a treasure trove of subject headings which have never appeared in a quotation book before, such as: mitral stenosis, molecular biology, rheumatoid spondylitis, specialization, concussion and constipation to aging, with classic quotables, like Aristotle, Petrarch and Duc de La Rochefoucauld, to more modern scientists and physicians, like Ignatz Semmelweis, William Mayo, Rene Dubos and Hans Selye.
The best quotation books help you discover new writers you want to delve into more deeply, by giving you enough information and inspiring or stimulating thoughts so you seek out the full text source. This book does this too. It's a great read, full of illuminating ideas.