The art and practice of Western medicine in the early nineteenth century /
Carl J. Pfeiffer.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1985.
xiv, 238 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0899501672 :
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1985.
0899501672 :
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Includes index.
Spine title: Western medicine in early 19th century.
Title on added t.p.: A disquisition on the art and practice of medicine, and an eclectic review of physiologic principles as espoused in Western Europe, Britain, and the new United States of America, 1800-1825.
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Bibliography: p. 209-231.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-04:
The view given in this book confirms the idea that for a long time medical science and practice remained on a virtual plateau; that is, in spite of a great outpouring of medical works, a proliferation of practitioners, and many interesting new applications, much that was done followed the ways of earlier centuries. Until the discovery of the germ theory of disease, anaesthetic surgery, and cell theory later in the 19th century, a scientific revolution in medicine could not occur. Pfeiffer (Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine) describes the period as embryonic-one in which there was experimentation and exploration that led to a new medical science. He includes chapters on electrical treatments, obstetrics, bloodletting, cold-water bathing, and disease theory. This is a very valuable small book, and the clearly written text is complemented with a great variety of pictures, diagrams, tables, and quotations from sources. There are also footnotes and an index. For upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in health science and history.-R.F. Erickson, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
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