List of Illustrations
Foreword by Charles E. Rosenberg
Preface, 1982 Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Why Medical History?
Paleopathology and Paleomedicine
Medicine of Ancient Civilizations
Ancient India and China
Medicine in the Seventeenth Century
Medicine in the Eigh teenth Century
The Clinical Schools of the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
The Basic Sciences during the Nineteenth Century
Clinical Medicine of the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century
Surgery and Gynecology in the Nineteenth Century
The New Specialism of the Nineteenth Century
Public Health and Professional Developments in the Nineteenth Century
Medicine in the United States Prior to 1900
Concluding Essay. Erwin H. Ackerknecht, Social Medicine, and the History of Medicine
Bibliographic Essay by Lisa Haushofer
A bestselling history of medicine, enriched with a new foreword, concluding essay, and bibliographic essay.
Erwin H. Ackerknecht (1906-1988), a professor of the history of medicine at the University of Zurich from 1957 to 1971 and one of the world's most distinguished medical historians, was the author of Short History of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Paris Hospital, 1794-1848. Charles E. Rosenberg is the Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the Social Sciences and professor of the history of science emeritus at Harvard University. He is the author of Our Present Complaint: American Medicine, Then and Now and The Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866.
...A Short History of Medicine is a useful resource for those interested in studying Western medicine. Metapsychology Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers and faculty; professionals and practitioners. Choice In the publication A Short History of Medicine by Erwin H. Ackernect, Revised and Expanded, the author gives a relatively concise, but demanding exploration and examination of the background of medicine... The potential lifesaving and life-enhanching information regarding this vital concern is highly recommended for the enlightenment and the education of the reader. M.G. Paregian Both as an account of the past and as an object of study, then, A Short History of Medicine is a book with which it is well worth engaging. British Journal for the History of Science ... the combination of his guide to Western medical developments, Rosenberg's foreword and essay and Haushofer's bibliographical essay, should ensure that Ackerknecht's A Short History of Medicine continues to warrant a place on our reading lists, especially for those courses directed at medical students. Social History of Medicine