The Oxford Medical Companion

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The Oxford Medical Companion

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This book is the perfect companion reference for everyone working in medicine or related fields, and who is interested in what is done in each of the branches of medicine, medical institutions, how medicine relates to art and literature, and how medicine is practised around the world. There are major entries on each of the branches of medicine - what they encompass, something of their historical background, variation in their international practice, and recent advances - as well as shorter entries that explain concisely what is meant by a comprehensive selection of medical terms. The origins, purpose, and structure of many international medical bodies and institutions are also described. There are insights into the lives and achievements of many fascinating and famous historical and contemporary medical personalities and numerous articles depict the often close links between medicine and the arts - fine art, music, and literature. The clear layout and comprehensive cross-referencing ensure that information can be found quickly and easily. Anyone interested in medicine will find this book hard to put down. This book is intended for all those interested in medical topics, especially all health-care professionals.

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'Every entry satisfied, some were brilliant, and from most I learnt something that I had not known before. If medicine is about human reality....this good and reliable companion will lighten the reality' -- Charles R. Scriver, British Medical Journal

`An invaluable and up-to-date resource. The historic and international aspects of many of the items included gives this Oxford Medical Companion a fascinating dimension. The information is precise and written in plain English - a joy to read.' -- Professor Dame Margaret Turner Warwick

`I cannot recommend too highly... literate, readable, and companionable.' -- Victoria Glendinning, The Daily Telegraph

`Lord Walton and his colleagues should be congratulated on amassing this panoramic view of the bewildering mixture of empirical art and genuine science that underlies the world of modern medicine...' -- Professor Sir David Weatherall, FRS

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About the Editors: John Walton is editor of the revised Brain's Diseases of the Nervous System. He is president of the World Federation of Neurology and a member of the British House of Lords, where he is chairman of its Select Committee on Medical Ethics. Jeremiah A. Barondess is president of the New York Academy of Medicine. Stephen A. Lock is a former editor of the British Medical Journal.

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