Kill or Cure: An Illustrated History of Medicine, 1st Edition

  • Steve Parker
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  • ISBN-10: 1465422277
  • ISBN-13: 9781465422279
  • DDC: 610
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Kill or Cure, a lavishly illustrated new history from DK, recounts the quest of doctors and scientists through the ages to tame and conquer mankind's ever-enduring enemies: disease, injury, and death. Sometimes misguided, sometimes inspired, always doggedly determined, the great scientific minds of every generation have battled the unknown within our bodies, developing potions, drugs, and therapies in a quest to heal and cure. Beginning with early healers, chance discoveries, technological advancement, and "wonder" drugs, and using panels, timelines, and thematic spreads, Kill or Cure highlights information about human anatomy, surgical instruments, and medical breakthroughs while telling the dramatic tale of medical progress. Diaries, notebooks, and other first-person accounts tell the fascinating stories from the perspective of people who witnessed medical history firsthand. Packed with photographs, diagrams, and visual explanations, Kill or Cure tells the extraordinary tale of medicine through the ages.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Beliefs and Traditions to 900.
2: Prehistoric Medicine.
3: Trepanning.
4: The Priest-Physicians of Egypt.
5: Surgery in Ancient Egypt.
6: Hippocrates and Greek Medicine.
7: Galen and the Rule of Rome.
8: Roman Surgical Tools.
9: The Dark Ages in Europe.
10: The Bubonic Plague.
11: The Alchemists.
12: Traditional Eastern Medicine.
13: Ayurveda.
14: Native American Medicine.
15: Shamanism.
16: African and West Asian Traditions.
17: The Rise of Scientific Medicine 900–1820.
18: Al-Rhazi, Ibn Sina, and the Arab Revival.
19: The Four Humors.
20: Schools of Medicine and Life.
21: Vesalius and the Anatomists.
22: Paré and the Barber-Surgeons.
23: Bloodletting.
24: Harvey and Blood Circulation.
25: The Microscope Revolution.
26: Early Microscopes.
27: Conquering the Dreaded Pox.
28: Eradicating Smallpox.
29: Medicine in the Industrial Age 1820–1920.
30: Women in Medicine.
31: Anesthesia.
32: Early Anesthetics.
33: John Snow and Epidemiology.
34: Florence Nightingale.
35: Measuring Blood Pressure.
36: Pasteur and Microbiology.
37: The Horror of Rabies.
38: Lister and Antiseptics.
39: Mother and Baby Medicine.
40: The Germ Theory of Disease.
41: Viruses in Action.
42: Medicine and the Mind.
43: Modern Medicine 1920–2000.
44: Blood Groups and the Sugar Disease.
45: Receiving Blood.
46: The First Antibiotic.
47: Antibiotics at Work.
48: The Fight Against Cancer.
49: Deadly Cells.
50: New Parts for Old.
51: Implants and Prostheses.
52: Medicine and Care for the Elderly.
53: Vaccination Comes of Age.
54: How Immunization Works.
55: The First Transplants.
56: A New Heart.
57: Imaging the Body.
58: Seeing Inside the Body.
59: The Birth of IVF.
60: Complementary and Alternative Medicines.
61: Potential Pandemics.
62: Battling HIV and AIDS.
63: Genes and Future Dreams 2000–PRESENT.
64: Genetics and Medicine.
65: The Genetic Code.
66: Robots and Telemedicine.
67: Emergency Medicine.
68: A Shock to the System.
69: Stem Cell Therapy.
70: Dignity and Death.
71: Medicine in the Third Millennium.
72: Mosquito-Borne Malaria.