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Title: Disease and Medicine in World History
Author: Watts, Sheldon
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2003
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415278164
Volumes: 1; Pages: 144
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Disease and Medicine in World History is a concise introduction to the diverse ideas about disease and its treatment throughout the world. Drawing on case studies from ancient Egypt to present-day America and Europe, this survey discusses concepts of sickness and forms of treatment in different cultures. Sheldon Watts reveals that medical practices in the past were shaped as much by philosophers and metaphysicians as by surgeons and practitioners.
This volume is a landmark contribution to the field of world history. It covers the principal medical systems known in the world, based on extensive original research. Watts raises questions about globalization in medicine and the potential impact of infectious diseases in the present day.
"Sheldon Watts has established a reputation as one of the world's premier scholars on global disease and medicine. Disease and Medicine in World History offers an insightful and provocative analysis of medical thought and practice situated securely in their social and cultural contexts."--Jerry H. Bentley, University of Hawaii