In this book Professor Cutajar traces the development of this fascinating experience, often reflecting on the major achievements of successive centuries, but also taking into account the major events which often threatened human health, such as the plague and cholera epidemics, the rise of quackery, witchcraft and superstition in the Middle Ages, the crude battlefield operations, the petty rivalries, the spread of disease of (then) unknown aetiology such as tuberculosis, undulant fever, malaria and others. But medicine is also about people, the men and women who practised it. So in these pages are the engrossing stories and lives of hundreds of individuals who were central to medical thought and progress. Each individual is described in relation to his or her contribution, whether clinical or academic. All in their way strove for excellence, often in the face of resistance from their contemporaries.
This book is profusely illustrated in an innovative way with hundreds of excellent colour images, mainly from the author’s extensive medical philately collection. It provides a concise yet detailed introduction to the fascinating history of medicine and its protagonists.
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This interesting book is primarily addressing the general public and medical profession by presenting a broad and entertaining introduction to the fascinating story of the development of world medicine from the deity –worship and faith-healing culture of antiquity, spanning the centuries, to the advanced modern medical diagnostic and therapeutic modalities of our age and beyond. It makes absorbing reading.
Dr. George W. Vella, President of Malta
In this very readable history of medicine. from prehistory to modern times, Prof. Cutajar highlights the enormous advances that have been made over the centuries in preventative medicine and the treatment of various diseases. He pays tribute to the medical pioneers who were responsible for discovering life-saving treatments throughout the ages. One can only highly recommend this book for the general reader, but especially for those with a particular interest in the evolution of medicine.
Laurence Grech, Editor and Journalist.
A show case of medical heroes and achievements. 230 pages. Over 400 colour images.