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The History of Medicine: Medicine in the Industrial World
Written by John D. ClareBuy Now
About the Book
The fascinating story of how advances in science and technology provided new insights into the causes of disease and the workings of the body.
The 19th century witnessed the coming of the Industrial Revolution and the changes in wrought in city life, work, science and technology forever altered the practice of medicine. Urban squalor, new sources of disease, a new vision of public hygiene, and the industry-driven developments in science and technology all meant that the period from 1800–1914 saw both gains and losses in health and the ability of doctors to fight disease. While improved public health measures and living standards meant that people in general were better able to resist disease, the threats to health had greatly increased and the transmission of disease was more global than ever before. Despite all of the improvements, doctors remained largely unable to cure infectious diseases. Still, judging by death rates and life expectancy statistics, people seem to have become healthier by the end of the 19th century. How did this happen? What role did industry play? How were medical advances spurred by scientific discoveries? Delve in to explore these questions and many more! This is a fascinating and useful volume, covering not only medical and scientific history, but social history as well.
Includes a glossary, timeline, further information section and index.
Awards and Reviews
“What do the Canterbury Tales, cholera, and Christianity all have in common? These are among the topics found in the excellent new series, The History of Medicine. These books support the National Science Education Standards on ‘The History and Nature of Science’ and help students understand that science is a human endeavor.” – NSTA Recommends
“I recommend the set for middle school libraries.” – Science Books & Films