‘Doctors: The History  of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 10/200


‘Doctors: The History  of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography’ By Sherwin B. Nuland

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 12/12/2017


Description: How does medical science advance? Popular historians would have us believe that a few heroic individuals, possessing superhuman talents, lead an unselfish quest to better the human condition. But as renowned Yale surgeon and medical historian Sherwin B. Nuland shows in this brilliant collection of linked life portraits, the theory bears little resemblance to the truth.

Genres: Nonfiction, Biography, Science, History, Medicine, Great Courses

The Great Men and Women who innovated modern medicine. From Hippocrates to Helen Taussig, the story of individuals who shaped history.

Spoiler-tastic review

A week ago I went to the doctor’s office, and while there the doctor used a stethoscope, invented by Rene Laennec, upon me. This series of lectures tells the story of Rene, Hippocrates, Galen, and many more doctors through the ages.

This is in many ways the history of modern science, for statistics based medicine and the study of physics occurred simultaneously. The analytical approach taken first by Galen and then by Vesalius was a major innovation in scientific thought.

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