Lois N. Magner's A History of Medicine PDF

By Lois N. Magner

ISBN-10: 0824740742

ISBN-13: 9780824740740

Stressing significant subject matters within the heritage of medication, this moment version stimulates additional exploration of the occasions, methodologies, and theories that formed clinical practices in many years previous and in smooth scientific practice-highlighting the practices of civilizations worldwide, in addition to the learn of pioneering scientists and physicians who contributed to our present knowing of future health and sickness.

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Stressing significant subject matters within the historical past of medication, this moment variation stimulates additional exploration of the occasions, methodologies, and theories that formed scientific practices in a long time prior and in smooth medical practice-highlighting the practices of civilizations worldwide, in addition to the learn of pioneering scientists and physicians who contributed to our present figuring out of healthiness and disorder.

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For example, the construction of the Aswan High Dam in Egypt virtually eliminated S. haematobium from the Nile Delta, but it allowed the establishment of S. mansoni in upper Egypt. Winds as well as waters were the source of debilitating conditions. Winds blowing in from the desert carried fine particles of sand that lodged in the lungs and caused sand pneumoconiosis, a disorder similar to the black lung disease found among coal miners. Sand pneumoconiosis can be detected by electron microscopy of mummified lung tissue, but because only the elite were mummified, it is not possible to tell how common this disorder was among the masses of peasants.

Traditional surgeons developed many ingenious methods of closing wounds. Sewing is, of course, an ancient skill, but in the absence of antiseptic techniques, applying needle and thread to a wound is likely to lead to serious infection. There is a better chance of success when the skewer and thread method, which is commonly used to close a stuffed turkey, is applied to wounds. A remarkable technique devised by surgeons in Africa, India, and the Americans depended on the use of particular species of termites or ants.

Unfortunately, the collections of papyrus scrolls that were stored at the Houses of Life have not survived. A woman physician known as Peseshet held the title ‘‘Lady Director of Lady Physicians,’’ indicating that Peseshet supervised a group of women practitioners. An interesting group of women surgeons used flint chisels and stick drills with which they worked at a patient until blood was drawn. Such treatments were especially recommended for headache. Many Egyptian queens were well versed in medicine and pharmacology, including Mentuhetep (ca.

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