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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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Human Physiology, George Elliotson,Longmans, Orme, Brown, and Longmans, London 1840
Human Physiology, George Elliotson,Longmans, Orme, Brown, and Longmans, London 1840
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Lectures on the localisation of cerebral and spinal diseases, SYDENHAM SOCIETY, 1884
Lectures on the localisation of cerebral and spinal diseases, SYDENHAM SOCIETY, 1884
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Clinical Memoirs on Abdominal Tumours and Intumescence, Richard Bright, The New Sydenham Society, 1860.
Clinical Memoirs on Abdominal Tumours and Intumescence, Richard Bright, The New Sydenham Society, 1860.
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Neoplastic Diseases, A Treatise on Tumors by James Ewing, W B Saunders, Philadelphia, Second Edition, 1922
Neoplastic Diseases, A Treatise on Tumors by James Ewing, W B Saunders, Philadelphia, Second Edition, 1922
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On Local Asphyxia and Symmetrical Gangrene of the Extremities Raynaud, Maurice,
On Local Asphyxia and Symmetrical Gangrene of the Extremities Raynaud, Maurice,
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On Local Asphyxia and Symmetrical Gangrene of the Extremities,  Maurice Raynaud, The New Sydenham Society, 1888.
On Local Asphyxia and Symmetrical Gangrene of the Extremities, Maurice Raynaud, The New Sydenham Society, 1888.
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Handbook of Geographical and Histological Pathology, 2 Volumes, August Hirsch  The New Sydenham Society, 1883.
Handbook of Geographical and Histological Pathology, 2 Volumes, August Hirsch The New Sydenham Society, 1883.
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Studies in the Psychology of Sex, 4 Volumes, 1920-1922, gold embossed title on cloth cover, good condition,
Studies in the Psychology of Sex, 4 Volumes, 1920-1922, gold embossed title on cloth cover, good condition,
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First Lines of the Practice of Physic, 2 volumes, leather bound, 1806
First Lines of the Practice of Physic, 2 volumes, leather bound, 1806
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The Physiological Anatomy and Physiology of Man,  Robert Bentley Todd,  2 leather bound volumes, 1859 SOLD
The Physiological Anatomy and Physiology of Man, Robert Bentley Todd, 2 leather bound volumes, 1859 SOLD
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Life and Letters of Oliver Wendell Holmes by Morse, John T , 2 Volumes, Hard Cover, First Edition, 1896
Life and Letters of Oliver Wendell Holmes by Morse, John T , 2 Volumes, Hard Cover, First Edition, 1896
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Surgical Observations on the Constitutional Origin and Treatment of Diseases of Local Diseases and Aneurysms 1820
Surgical Observations on the Constitutional Origin and Treatment of Diseases of Local Diseases and Aneurysms 1820
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Memoirs of Diphtheria, Bretonneau, Trousseau, Bouchet, New Sydenham Society, 1859
Memoirs of Diphtheria, Bretonneau, Trousseau, Bouchet, New Sydenham Society, 1859
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Clinical Lectures on the Practice of Medicine, Graves, Robert James, 2 Vol, The New Sydenham Society, London, 1884
Clinical Lectures on the Practice of Medicine, Graves, Robert James, 2 Vol, The New Sydenham Society, London, 1884
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OBSERVATIONS ON THE DISEASES OF THE ARMY, ENLARGED BY JOHN PRINGLE FOURTH EDITION 1764 VERY GOOD ORIGINAL COPY
OBSERVATIONS ON THE DISEASES OF THE ARMY, ENLARGED BY JOHN PRINGLE FOURTH EDITION 1764 VERY GOOD ORIGINAL COPY
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Chemistry of Common Life, 2 volumes, The Physiology of Common Life, 2 volumes, 1859
Chemistry of Common Life, 2 volumes, The Physiology of Common Life, 2 volumes, 1859
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A Treatise on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases of the Chest Stokes, William Publication Date: 1882
A Treatise on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases of the Chest Stokes, William Publication Date: 1882
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A Treatise on the Diseases and Organic Lesions of the Heart, J.N. Covisart, 1813, Over 200 year old copy first edition
A Treatise on the Diseases and Organic Lesions of the Heart, J.N. Covisart, 1813, Over 200 year old copy first edition
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AN INQUIRY ILLUSTRATING THE NATURE OF TUBERCULATED ACCRETIONS OF SEROUS MEMBRANES John Baron leather bound 1819 First Edition
AN INQUIRY ILLUSTRATING THE NATURE OF TUBERCULATED ACCRETIONS OF SEROUS MEMBRANES John Baron leather bound 1819 First Edition
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Malaria and the Parasites of Malarial Fevers, Bignami, Marchiafava, New Sydenham Society 1894
Malaria and the Parasites of Malarial Fevers, Bignami, Marchiafava, New Sydenham Society 1894
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The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion (1861-1865) Part First, Medical Volume
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