Medicine: Perspectives in History and Art

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Robert E. Greenspan

This magisterial history of medicine, dentistry, and even quackery is conveyed by physicians and their patients through anecdotes, letters, and art. The discipline's discoveries and controversies, as well as its breakthroughs and tragedies, are discussed here in an informative yet compulsively readable narrative, encompassing such topics as prosthetic eyes of the 19th century, the medicinal uses of rats, surgical procedures of the Civil War, a 16th-century "arrow remover," the fad of mesmerism, and the sinister origins of "Ring Around the Rosie." The 585 images—most in color—include anatomical illustrations, historical photographs of various operations, vintage advertisements, medical instruments, and related artwork by Rembrandt, Brueghel, Bosch, and Rubens.

596 pages.