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History of Medicine

 History of medicine in effect is a record of man’s intentional efforts to avoid disease and survive. In the beginning he feared the adverse effects of nature and designated gods to protect him. The Aryans as early as 4000 years ago worshipped fire (Agni), wind (Indra) and the sun (Surya) to safe guard them. Going further back in time as much as 8000 years  ago the stone age man had started to perform surgery. He bored holes in the skulls (trephining) to let sprits out the head. The remnants of these skulls today show evidence of healing to indicate that the man survived the procedure.

Priests and sorcerers were probably the first use medicine for their personal gain by instilling fear and propagating myths. They were probably the first doctors. Ancient medicine from the Chinese dealt much on remedies from nature such as plants and animals. Shen Nung or the Red Emperor who lived around 2800 BC experimented on plants and discovered their medicinal value. The Ebers papyrus (1500 BC) contains details of Egyptian medicine dating back to 3300 BC and was the first papyrus with descriptions of medical practices, herbal medicines, demonology and mineral medicines. By 400 BC, Susruta, the Brahmin physician described over 1000 diseases and 700 medicinal herbs in the Susruta Samitha. He also described  over 120 surgical instruments and wrote on operations such as amputation, cesarean section, rhinoplasty, lithotomy, excision of tumors and cataract extraction.  

The practice of medicine shifted from God and myth for the first time when Hippocrates around 400 BC proposed the origin of disease from the human body itself: the theory of four humours. Until this time external forces were attributed to disease. Nearly 2000 years later Giroland Fracastoro of Verona in 1546 proposed for the first time the contagion theory of infection. It took another three centuries before the germ theory of disease was proved by Louis Pasteur in 1865.  The impetus to the progress of medicine came with the Zacharias Jansen and the first compound microscope in 1490. Few years later Paracelsus the founded the field of chemical therapeutics with  mercurials as treatment for syphilis. It is mainly in the 19th century that relentless search for causes of diseases began. The advent of 20th century saw leap in medical therapeutics, from mercurials to the ground-breaking discovery of Penicillin.

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Lewis Medical and Scientific Library, Catalogue 1881 good to fair copy
Lewis Medical and Scientific Library, Catalogue 1881 good to fair copy
£38.00
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Source Book of Medical History, Logan Clendening, First Edition 1942, Dover Publications, New York  reprint UK 1960
Source Book of Medical History, Logan Clendening, First Edition 1942, Dover Publications, New York reprint UK 1960
£45.00
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Human Genetics and Medicine and Cyril A Clarke, 1970, First Edition
Human Genetics and Medicine and Cyril A Clarke, 1970, First Edition
£49.00
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Hunterian Museum, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, G Grey Turner, Cassell and Company, London 1946.
Hunterian Museum, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, G Grey Turner, Cassell and Company, London 1946.
£51.00
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Toilet Medicine on the correction of Bodily Defects and the Improvement and Preservation of Personal Appearence 1881
Toilet Medicine on the correction of Bodily Defects and the Improvement and Preservation of Personal Appearence 1881
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Practical Analysis of Urine-Analysis for Chemists and Pharmacists, 1914, The Office of The Chemist and Druggist.
Practical Analysis of Urine-Analysis for Chemists and Pharmacists, 1914, The Office of The Chemist and Druggist.
£54.00
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Fundamental Consideration in Anaesthesia, Charles S Burstein, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1949.
Fundamental Consideration in Anaesthesia, Charles S Burstein, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1949.
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Diseases of Women by Thomas George Stevens, First Edition, London Medical Publications, 1912.
Diseases of Women by Thomas George Stevens, First Edition, London Medical Publications, 1912.
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Dates in Medicine: A Chronological Record of Medical Progress, Author signed copy by A. Sebastian, 2003
Dates in Medicine: A Chronological Record of Medical Progress, Author signed copy by A. Sebastian, 2003
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Bacterial and Virus Diseases by H.J. Parish, First Edition, 1948
Bacterial and Virus Diseases by H.J. Parish, First Edition, 1948
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Five Thousand Years of Medicine, Gerhard Venzmer, First English Translation, 1972 illustrated
Five Thousand Years of Medicine, Gerhard Venzmer, First English Translation, 1972 illustrated
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A Manual of Surgical Anaesthesia by Bellamy Gardner 1916
A Manual of Surgical Anaesthesia by Bellamy Gardner 1916
£59.00
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Diseases of the Chest by W.J. Fenton and , First Edition, Jonathan Cape, London 1930
Diseases of the Chest by W.J. Fenton and , First Edition, Jonathan Cape, London 1930
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A Synopsis of Anaesthesia Fourth Edition by Alfred Lee, John Wright & Sons Ltd 1959
A Synopsis of Anaesthesia Fourth Edition by Alfred Lee, John Wright & Sons Ltd 1959
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Handbook of Anaesthetics by R.J. Minnit, E & S Livingstone, Edinburgh 1940, very good copy
Handbook of Anaesthetics by R.J. Minnit, E & S Livingstone, Edinburgh 1940, very good copy
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The essentials of histology, descriptive and practical: For the use of students, Edward Albert Sharpey-Schafer, 1920.
The essentials of histology, descriptive and practical: For the use of students, Edward Albert Sharpey-Schafer, 1920.
£65.00
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Cardiology by William Evans, First Edition 1948, rare, good copy
Cardiology by William Evans, First Edition 1948, rare, good copy
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Surgery of the Oesohagus, R H Franklin, First Edition, 1952
Surgery of the Oesohagus, R H Franklin, First Edition, 1952
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A Practical Guide to Birth Control 1950, Sexual liberation in the 1950s
A Practical Guide to Birth Control 1950, Sexual liberation in the 1950s
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Hypertension and Nephritis. Fourth edition, thoroughly revised, 1939, 4th Edition, ex-library,
Hypertension and Nephritis. Fourth edition, thoroughly revised, 1939, 4th Edition, ex-library,
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Disease of Old Age, Bailliere, Lipscomb, F MartinTindall and Cox, London 1932
Disease of Old Age, Bailliere, Lipscomb, F MartinTindall and Cox, London 1932
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Food and the Principles of Dietetics by Hutchison, Robert, Eighth edition, Edward Arnold & Co, Londo 1936
Food and the Principles of Dietetics by Hutchison, Robert, Eighth edition, Edward Arnold & Co, Londo 1936
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Practical Analysis of Urine-Analysis for Chemists and Pharmacists, 1914
Practical Analysis of Urine-Analysis for Chemists and Pharmacists, 1914
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John Hunter, Man of Science and Surgeon (1728-1793), Stephen Paget, T. Fisher Unwin, 1897
John Hunter, Man of Science and Surgeon (1728-1793), Stephen Paget, T. Fisher Unwin, 1897
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Milroy's Disease, Myasthenia Gravis, Guy's Hospital Reports, Volume XLVIL, 1908. Hardcover.
Milroy's Disease, Myasthenia Gravis, Guy's Hospital Reports, Volume XLVIL, 1908. Hardcover.
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The Intestinal protozoa of man, Clifford Dobell, William Wood & Co, 1921
The Intestinal protozoa of man, Clifford Dobell, William Wood & Co, 1921
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Physiology and Pathology of the Heart and Blood Vessels, JohnPlesch, Oxford University Press, 1937,
Physiology and Pathology of the Heart and Blood Vessels, JohnPlesch, Oxford University Press, 1937,
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Fundamentals of Psycho-analysis, Alexander, Franz, George, Allen and Unwin, London, 1960
Fundamentals of Psycho-analysis, Alexander, Franz, George, Allen and Unwin, London, 1960
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Recent Advances in Anaesthesia and Analgesia, C Langton Hewer, Sixth Edition, J & A Churchill, London, 1948
Recent Advances in Anaesthesia and Analgesia, C Langton Hewer, Sixth Edition, J & A Churchill, London, 1948
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Photelometric Clinical Chemistry, William S. Hoffman, William Morrow & Co., 1941. Hardcover
Photelometric Clinical Chemistry, William S. Hoffman, William Morrow & Co., 1941. Hardcover
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Prism and Lens Making, Hilger & Watts Ltd,  1942,
Prism and Lens Making, Hilger & Watts Ltd, 1942,
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Handbuch der Biologisgen Arbeitmethoden, Emil Aberhalden,Urban Schwarzenberg, Berlin 1934
Handbuch der Biologisgen Arbeitmethoden, Emil Aberhalden,Urban Schwarzenberg, Berlin 1934
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Life in Nature, James Hinton, Smith Elder and Co, London, 1875.
Life in Nature, James Hinton, Smith Elder and Co, London, 1875.
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The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud, First English Edition Translated by Dr A.A. Brill The Modern Library, New Ypok, 1939
The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud, First English Edition Translated by Dr A.A. Brill The Modern Library, New Ypok, 1939
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The Nature of Essential Hypertension by Sir George Pickering, First Edition J & A Churchill Ltd, London 1961 SOLD
The Nature of Essential Hypertension by Sir George Pickering, First Edition J & A Churchill Ltd, London 1961 SOLD
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Famous Poison Trials, First Edition, Eaton, Harold,  48 Pall Mall W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. Glasgow 1923
Famous Poison Trials, First Edition, Eaton, Harold, 48 Pall Mall W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. Glasgow 1923
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The Conquest of Epidemic Disease, A Chapter in the History of Ideas by Charles-Edward Amory Winslow 1944
The Conquest of Epidemic Disease, A Chapter in the History of Ideas by Charles-Edward Amory Winslow 1944
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Principles of medical statistics, Austin Bradford Hill, Fourth Edition, 1948, (first edition in 1937)
Principles of medical statistics, Austin Bradford Hill, Fourth Edition, 1948, (first edition in 1937)
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NOTABLE BRITISH TRIALS SERIES - TRIAL OF GEORGE HENRY LAMSON, 1913,
NOTABLE BRITISH TRIALS SERIES - TRIAL OF GEORGE HENRY LAMSON, 1913,
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Myasthenia Gravis, case report over 100 years ago, Guy's Hospital Reports, Volume XLVIL, 1908, First edition
Myasthenia Gravis, case report over 100 years ago, Guy's Hospital Reports, Volume XLVIL, 1908, First edition
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Biology of Tissue Cells, Albert Fischer,
Biology of Tissue Cells, Albert Fischer,
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Physical Chemistry of Cells and Tissues, Blackiston, Philadelphia, 1950, 676 pages
Physical Chemistry of Cells and Tissues, Blackiston, Philadelphia, 1950, 676 pages
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A Dictionary of the History of Medicine, Parthenon Publishing,  author signed, 2000
A Dictionary of the History of Medicine, Parthenon Publishing, author signed, 2000
£78.00
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EVOLUTION OF MODERN ANTENATAL CARE, By Francis James Browne, 1946
EVOLUTION OF MODERN ANTENATAL CARE, By Francis James Browne, 1946
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Eurhythm Thought In Action : principals & practice vocal physical therapy by H H Hulbert, 1911
Eurhythm Thought In Action : principals & practice vocal physical therapy by H H Hulbert, 1911
£79.00
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Boutilism and Food Preservation, W Collins and Sons Co Ltd, London, 1923, Illustrated
Boutilism and Food Preservation, W Collins and Sons Co Ltd, London, 1923, Illustrated
£79.00
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An Introduction to General Physiology with Practical Exercises, W.M Bayliss, LONGMANS, GREEN & CO, 1919.
An Introduction to General Physiology with Practical Exercises, W.M Bayliss, LONGMANS, GREEN & CO, 1919.
£79.00
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Thoughts on Self-Culture, Addressed to Women, G., Maria; Shirreff, Emily Grey,Crosby and Nichols, 1856, New Edition, 1856
Thoughts on Self-Culture, Addressed to Women, G., Maria; Shirreff, Emily Grey,Crosby and Nichols, 1856, New Edition, 1856
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First Aid to the Injured by Sir James Cantlie, St John's Ambulance Association, 1908
First Aid to the Injured by Sir James Cantlie, St John's Ambulance Association, 1908
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The First Principles of Heredity: With 75 illustrations and diagrams, Adam and Charles Black, 1910 first edition
The First Principles of Heredity: With 75 illustrations and diagrams, Adam and Charles Black, 1910 first edition
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The New Family Herbal, comprising a description and medical virtues of British and Foreign Plants ca 1870 - 1920
The New Family Herbal, comprising a description and medical virtues of British and Foreign Plants ca 1870 - 1920
£85.00
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Bacteria: Especially as They are Related to the Economy of Nature, to Industrial Processes,  1889
Bacteria: Especially as They are Related to the Economy of Nature, to Industrial Processes, 1889
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Organism as a Whole from a Physiochemical Viewpoint, First Edition, Jacques Loeb, Putnam's, 1916.
Organism as a Whole from a Physiochemical Viewpoint, First Edition, Jacques Loeb, Putnam's, 1916.
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Gastric Function in Health and Disease John Ryle, Oxford 1926
Gastric Function in Health and Disease John Ryle, Oxford 1926
£85.00
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Treatment of Patient Past Fifty by Ernst Boas, 1947
Treatment of Patient Past Fifty by Ernst Boas, 1947
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Diet and Disease in Infancy, Hector Charles Cameron, London, Churchill 1915, Hardcover.
Diet and Disease in Infancy, Hector Charles Cameron, London, Churchill 1915, Hardcover.
£85.00
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DE MORBIS ARTIFICUM BERNARDINI RAMAZZONI, DISEASES OF THE WORKERS, CLASSICS IN MEDICINE 1940, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO ILLINOI
DE MORBIS ARTIFICUM BERNARDINI RAMAZZONI, DISEASES OF THE WORKERS, CLASSICS IN MEDICINE 1940, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO ILLINOI
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Operative Surgery by Johnson & Johnson First British Edition 1944 gold embossed title
Operative Surgery by Johnson & Johnson First British Edition 1944 gold embossed title
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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UROLOGY: DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY, Flocks, Rubin H. et al. Springer, 1962
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UROLOGY: DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY, Flocks, Rubin H. et al. Springer, 1962
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Elements of Genetics by Darlington (Hard Cover), George, Allen and Unwin, London 1950
Elements of Genetics by Darlington (Hard Cover), George, Allen and Unwin, London 1950
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