Kill or Cure

Kill or Cure

An Illustrated History of Medicine

Book - 2013
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This is a gripping tale that traces medicine's extraordinary history. Kill or Cure tells the riveting history of medicine from chipping holes in skulls to the latest gene therapy and revolutionary cancer treatments. Compelling stories of drama and detective work reveal the trial and error behind man's endless search for cures to diseases and how lucky we are to have the medicines we do today. Uncover the gripping and sometimes gruesome life and death tales behind the medical advances that we take for granted through key figures' diaries and notebooks, showing you discoveries through the eyes of the people who were there at the time. Plague and other global epidemics, the roots of psychiatry and the arrival of robot surgeons are brought to life, with maps, timelines and stunning images ranging from Roman surgical instruments and medieval bloodletting to artificial hearts and the latest scanners. Written by Steve Parker, a Senior Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society and author of over 250 books, Kill or Cure is the perfect prescription for anyone interested in the history of medicine, terrible diseases and revolutionary cures.
Publisher: London : Dorling Kindersley, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781409332725
1409332721
Branch Call Number: 610.9 PARKE
Characteristics: 400 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: DK Publishing, Inc

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Mar 08, 2014

An overall fascinating and compelling history of medicine with some illustrations including historical artwork and photography of artifacts. I especially enjoyed that most continents are included in this history, as many books in this genre claiming to be a history of medicine are actually a history of only British/US medical practices. At times a bit dry and scholastic and I would have preferred even more illustrations and photography. For an easier read on the same subject I would also suggest: Strange Medicine: A Shocking History of Real Medical Practices through the Ages by Nathan Belofsky.

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