Medicine
A Treasury of Art and Literature

edited by Ann G. Carmichael and Richard M. Ratzan

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The story of medicine throughout the ages is the subject of this volume of selections from great writings and art--essays, fiction, poetry, paintings, prints, and much more. Medicine: A Treasury of Art and Literature celebrates the art and science of sustaining life through knowledge.

Brought together for the first time in a lavishly illustrated, large-format book are excerpts from classic medical documents such as Hippocrates's Decorum, Celsus's On Medicine, and Pare's Ten Books of Surgery. Great historic scenes appear in these pages, as lepers are cast from society in the Middle Ages, the black death ravages Europe, Anton van Leeuwenhoek discovers microscopic organisms, and Walt Whitman helps wounded soldiers during the Civil War. Many of medicine's groundbreakers appear in these pages, telling their own stories: Edward Jenner, Ignatz Semmelweis, Wilhelm Roentgen, and Joseph Lister. The struggles against the threats to health, waged by physicians like Louis Pasteur, and nursing pioneers like Florence Nightingale, dramatically illumine the human condition. These are but a sampling of the volume's spectrum of medical adventures and events, unfolding in text and images.

The 198 illustrations, 113 of which are exquisitely reproduced in full color, draw upon enduring works of art concerning medicine, including Rembrandt's The Anatomy of Dr. Nicholas Tulp, Hogarth's Visit to a Charlatan, Eakin's The Gross Clinic, and Van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet. Black-and-white illustrations provide images from early medical tracts, showing ancient views of anatomy and pioneering methods of treatment.

This treasury provides many hours of fascinating reading and visual enrichment. It will delight people who practice medicine, who study to become medical professionals, or who simply want to bestow an unforgettable gift upon their favorite physician.


9 5/8 x 13 in., 384 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-974-2

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