By Roy Porter
"To mix huge, immense wisdom with a pleasant kind and a hugely idiosyncratic standpoint is Roy Porter's designated present, and it makes [this] publication . . . alive and engaging and provocative on each page."—Oliver Sacks, M.D.Hailed as "a awesome achievement" (Boston Sunday Globe) and as "a triumph: at the same time exciting and instructive, witty and thought-provoking . . . a wonderful and carefully engrossing book" (Los Angeles Times), Roy Porter's charting of the historical past of drugs presents us a chance as by no means sooner than to evaluate its tradition and technology and its expenses and merits to mankind. Porter explores medicine's evolution opposed to the backdrop of the broader non secular, clinical, philosophical, and political opinions of the tradition during which it develops, masking floor from the illnesses of the hunter-gatherers to today's possibility of AIDS and ebola, from the essentially outlined conviction of the Hippocratic oath to the muddy moral dilemmas of modern day medication. providing up a treasure trove of old surprises alongside the way in which, this booklet "has immediately turn into the traditional single-volume paintings in its field" (The Lancet). "The author's perceptiveness is, as ordinary, scalpel-sharp; his demeanour genially bedside; his erudition invigorating." - Simon Schama
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