The Evolution of Modern Medicine

The Evolution of Modern Medicine

by William Osler

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This work, composed originally for a lay audience and for popular consumption, will be to the aspiring medical student and the hardworking practitioner a lift into the blue, an inspiring vista or "Pisgah-sight" of the evolution of medicine, a realization of what devotion, perseverance, valor and ability on the part of physicians have contributed to this progress, and of the creditable part which our profession has played in the general development of science.

The manuscript of Sir William Osler's lectures on the "Evolution of Modern Medicine," delivered at Yale University in April, 1913, on the Silliman Foundation, was immediately turned in to the Yale University Press for publication. Duly set in type, proofs in galley form had been submitted to him and despite countless interruptions he had already corrected and revised a number of the galleys when the great war came. But with the war on, he threw himself with energy and devotion into the military and public duties which devolved upon him and so never completed his proof-reading and intended alterations. The careful corrections which Sir William made in the earlier galleys show that the lectures were dictated, in the first instance, as loose memoranda for oral delivery rather than as finished compositions for the eye, while maintaining throughout the logical continuity and the engaging con moto which were so characteristic of his literary style.

In revising the lectures for publication, therefore, the editors have merely endeavored to carry out, with care and befitting reverence, the indications supplied in the earlier galleys by Sir William himself. In supplying dates and references which were lacking, his preferences as to editions and readings have been borne in mind. The slight alterations made, the adaptation of the text to the eye, detract nothing from the original freshness of the work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783732681839
Publisher: Outlook Verlag
Publication date: 05/25/2018
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

William Osler

Table of Contents

THE SILLIMAN FOUNDATION

PREFACE

CHAPTER I — ORIGIN OF MEDICINE

INTRODUCTION

ORIGIN OF MEDICINE

EGYPTIAN MEDICINE

ASSYRIAN AND BABYLONIAN MEDICINE

HEBREW MEDICINE

CHINESE AND JAPANESE MEDICINE

CHAPTER II — GREEK MEDICINE

ASKLEPIOS

HIPPOCRATES AND THE HIPPOCRATIC WRITINGS

ALEXANDRIAN SCHOOL

GALEN

CHAPTER III — MEDIAEVAL MEDICINE

SOUTH ITALIAN SCHOOL

BYZANTINE MEDICINE

ARABIAN MEDICINE

THE RISE OF THE UNIVERSITIES

MEDIAEVAL MEDICAL STUDIES

MEDIAEVAL PRACTICE

ASTROLOGY AND DIVINATION

CHAPTER IV — THE RENAISSANCE AND THE RISE OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

PARACELSUS

VESALIUS

HARVEY

CHAPTER V — THE RISE AND DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN MEDICINE

INTERNAL SECRETIONS

CHEMISTRY

CHAPTER VI — THE RISE OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

SANITATION

TUBERCULOSIS

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