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  • Published: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241379653
  • Imprint: DK Knowledge
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $24.00

A Short History of Medicine

  • Steve Parker


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.

Previously published as Kill or Cure, 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.

  • Published: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241379653
  • Imprint: DK Knowledge
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $24.00

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