Vintage Papers From The Lancet

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Vintage Papers From The Lancet

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VINTAGE PAPERS FROM THE LANCET is a splendid anthology of articles published in the world-famous medical journal The Lancet since its first issue in 1823. Chosen for interest as well as scientific and historic importance, this fine selection offers a unique guide to the journal's riches, as well as presenting some of the greatest landmarks of medicine. Among articles in this fascinating selection are to be found original key papers on anaesthesia, antisepsis, penicillin, ultrasound and IVF. Along the way, there are pieces on cholera on shipboard, flogging in the army, trench foot, childbed fever, thalidomide, HIV and MRSA.

This handsome book, which features a Foreword by The Lancet's current Editor, Richard Horton, contains facsimile pages from the original volumes in The Lancet's own publishing office, selected with great care to represent the contents of this world-class medical journal, from the pre-Victorian days of cholera to today's fears of SARS. The book presents the original papers in their original form, so there is much to be found of interest in the snippets of contemporary news and comment which appeared in the pages of the journal alongside the original articles.

Dr Ruth Richardson, who made the selection and wrote the introduction, has worked on the history of The Lancet for many years. She recently helped launch the new on-line collection of The Lancet's entire back issues - now available via ScienceDirect. She has been a columnist for the journal, and has published essays and articles in its pages.

Now, she has shared her knowledge of The Lancet's historic content, to make this an essential reference work for anyone with an interest in the art and science of medicine, the medical world, health and disease, care and cure.

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Every doctor will want to have this book in their waiting room, though it will be difficult to tear patients and colleagues away from its pages! JOHN DICKINSONEmeritus Professor, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine

About the Author:

Dr Ruth Richardson is an interdisciplinary historian and broadcaster who has published widely on the history of medicine, architecture, public health and periodical publication. She has given lectures for academic and medical audiences across Europe and North America. Her history of the corpses in UK dissection rooms, Death, Dissection and the Destitute (Chicago University Press, 2000) is now a standard work and teaching text in medical history courses in the UK and USA. Her massive Builder Illustrations Index (co-authored with Robert Thorne) was awarded the Wheatley Gold Medal. She has co-edited two volumes on medical humanities for the Royal College of Physicians of London, and is also the author of a new historical introduction to the latest edition of Gray's Anatomy (Elsevier, 2005). Dr Richardson is a Scholar in the History of Science at the University of Cambridge, and Senior Research Fellow in History at the University of Hertfordshire at Hatfield. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Examiner in the history of medicine at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, London. Dr Richardson has been a regular reader of The Lancet since 1975 and a contributor to the journal since 1995. Most recently she co-authored a paper with Professor Brian Hurwitz, for a recent Christmas issue, on The Penny Lancet.

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