The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.17 hours)
Product Number: Z100016875
Released: Oct 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781682766989
Narrator/s: Sherwin B. Nuland
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Discover medical science's extraordinary journey from a time when even the slightest cut held the threat of infection and death to today's era of routine organ transplants and daily headlines about the mysteries of DNA and the human genome. What major discoveries made this transition possible? Who were the fascinating individuals responsible for those discoveries, and what qualities prepared each of them for their unique roles in medical history? These 12 compelling lectures draw on the lives of medicine's greatest contributors to tell the human story behind the development of Western scientific medicine. Professor Nuland reveals the human side of science - a story about strivings, disappointments, triumphs of human genius, and even greed. This course is a must-have for anyone interested in the fascinating story of medicine's evolution-and the brilliant men and women who made this journey possible. Topics include the rise of universities and how they influenced medical education; the appearance of scientific method and what we call "inductive reasoning"; the influence of individual personality on achievement along with the accompanying influence of national character and culture; the role of the church; and the part played by each discoverer's psychological makeup. Please note: This course contains some discussion about certain historical medical practices and experiments that, while common in their time, may seem barbaric and unusual to us today. The professor does not necessarily describe them in graphic detail, but due to the subject matter of this course, some descriptions of these practices do arise. This should be noted before selecting this course for a young or sensitive individual.

Author(s): Sherwin B. Nuland
Series: Great Courses
Genre: Science, History

Professional reviews

"The professor turns the history of medicine into a story for all listeners. Using biographies of the greatest physicians as his resource, he dissects their important discoveries and provides notes on their sordid details. Hearing about surgery before anesthesia beats any Stephen King novel for terror -- it was done in high towers so others couldn't hear the screams. However, the downfall comes in the delivery. Dr. Nuland lowers his voice to an inaudible level in many phrases and at the end of sentences, making important information disappear. He also adds frequent long pauses between words, which slow the pace. However, the messenger's minor defects don't diminish one's enjoyment of the message. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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