We all face disease and death, and rely on the medical profession to extend our lives. Yet, David Wootton argues, from the fifth century BC until the 1930s, doctors actually did more harm than good. In this controversial new account of the history of medicine, he asks just how much good it has done us over the years, and how much harm it continues to do today.
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David Wootton is Anniversary Professor of History at the University of York. He has published widely in early modern intellectual history, particularly on the history of political thought, and is a regular reviewer for the London Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement.
`Stimulating and unorthodox' Literary Review
`Anyone with an involvement with medicine - and that means anyone with a body and a brain - should read this brilliant, bracing and erudite book.' Seamus Sweeney, www.socialaffairsunit.org.uk/blog/archives/001084.php
A genuinely thrilling adventure...An emotionally and intellectually gripping drama.
Explosive new book..important book
`A very stimulating and thought provoking book' Theodore Dalrymple, Sunday Telegraph
`Lucid [and] elegantly written... an inspiring account of individual accomplishment' Will Cohu, Daily Telegraph
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110192803557
Book Description Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006. Tapa dura. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 100773889