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  • Published: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241379653
  • Imprint: Dorling Kindersley
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $19.99

A Short History of Medicine


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A fascinating journey through the history of medicine, packed with first-hand accounts of incredible breakthroughs and tragic failures.

Immerse yourself in the history of medicine - a colourful story of skill, serendipity, trial and error, moments of genius, and dogged determination.

From traditional chinese medicine to today's sophisticated gene therapies and robotic surgery, A Short History of Medicine combines riveting storytelling and beautiful images, historical accounts and lucid explanations, to illuminate the story of medicine through time.

Witness early, bloody, anaesthetic-free operations; see the first crude surgical instruments; trace the mapping of the circulatory system; follow the painstaking detective work that led to the decoding of the human genome; and understand the role that potions, cures, therapies, herbal medicines, and drugs have played in the human quest to tame and conquer disease, injury, and death.

A Short History of Medicine is an engrossing illustrated history and tale of drama and discovery that celebrates the milestones of medical history across generations and cultures.

  • Pub date: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241379653
  • Imprint: Dorling Kindersley
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $19.99

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