1st Edition

Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine

Edited By W. F. Bynum, Roy Porter
    1856 Pages
    by Routledge

    This is a comprehensive reference work which surveys all aspects of the history of medicine, both clinical and social, and reflects the complementary approaches to the discipline. The editors have assembled an international team of scholars to provide detailed and informative factual surveys with contemporary interpretations and historiographical debate.
    Special Features
    * Comprehensive: 72 substantial and original essays from internationally respected scholars
    * Unique: no other publication provides so much information in two volumes
    * Broad-ranging: includes coverage of non-Western as well as Western medicine
    * Up-to-date: incorporates the very latest in historical research and interpretation
    * User-friendly: clearly laid out and readable, with a full index of Topics and People
    * Indispensable: essential information for study and research, including bibliographic notes and cross-referencing between articles.

    Introduction; The Art and Science of Medicine; The Place of Medicine; What is Specific to Western Medicine?; The Historiography of Medicine; Medical Care; Body Systems; The Anatomical Tradition; The Microscopical Tradition; The Physiological Tradition; The Biochemical Tradition; The Pathological Tradition; The Immunological Tradition; Clinical Research; Theories of Life, Health, and Disease; The Concepts of Health, Illness, and Disease; Ideas of Life and Death; Humoralism; Environment and Miasmata; Contagion/Germ Theory/Specificity; Nosology; The Ecology of Disease; Fevers; Constitutional and Hereditary Disorders; Mental Diseases; Nutritional Diseases; Endocrine Diseases; Tropical Diseases; Cancer; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Diseases of Civilization; Understanding Disease; Unorthodox Medical Theories; Non-Western Concepts of Disease; Folk Medicine; Arab-Islamic Medicine; Chinese Medicine; Indian Medicine; Clinical Medicine; The History of the Doctor–Patient Relationship; The Art of Diagnosis: Medicine and the Five Senses; The Science of Diagnosis: Diagnostic Technology; The History of Medical Ethics; Women and Medicine; Drug Therapies; Physical Methods; Surgery (Traditional); Surgery (Modern); Psychotherapy; Childbirth; Childhood; Geriatrics; Medicine in Society; The History of the Medical Profession; Medical Education; The Hospital; Medical Institutions and the State; Public Health; Epidemiology; The History of Personal Hygiene; A General History of Nursing: 1800–1900; The Emergence of Para-Medical Professions; Psychiatry; Health Economics: Finance, Budgeting, and Insurance; Medicine, Ideas, and Culture; Medicine and Colonialism; Internationalism in Medicine and Public Health; Medicine and Anthropology; Religion and Medicine; Charity Before c.1850; Medical Philanthropy After 1850; Medicine and Architecture; Medicine and Literature; War and Modern Medicine; Pain and Suffering; Medical Technologies: Social Contexts and Consequences; Medicine and the Law; Medical Sociology; Demography and Medicine; Medicine, Mortality, and Morbidity


    W. F. Bynum and Roy Porter are both at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine.

    'It is both intelligent and discursive, and anyone with an interest in medicine past or present should have it on their shelves.' - The Daily Telegraph