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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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Handbook of Therapeutics by David Campbell, First Edition,E & S Livingstone, London, 1930
Handbook of Therapeutics by David Campbell, First Edition,E & S Livingstone, London, 1930
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A Manual of Minor Surgery and Bandaging by Bilton Pollard, J & A Churchill, London, 1909,
A Manual of Minor Surgery and Bandaging by Bilton Pollard, J & A Churchill, London, 1909,
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Joseph Lister: Father of Modern Surgery, 10 Illustrations with Portraits, Traux, Rhoda 270 pages 1947, First Edition very good copy
Joseph Lister: Father of Modern Surgery, 10 Illustrations with Portraits, Traux, Rhoda 270 pages 1947, First Edition very good copy
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Physical and Natural Therapeutics, 1895
Physical and Natural Therapeutics, 1895
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The True Nature of Viruses, Crofton, W.M., Staples Press Ltd, London, 1945
The True Nature of Viruses, Crofton, W.M., Staples Press Ltd, London, 1945
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History of Anthropology by A.C. Haddon, Watts and Co, London, 1910,
History of Anthropology by A.C. Haddon, Watts and Co, London, 1910,
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Physiology and National Needs by W.D. Halliburton First Edition 1919
Physiology and National Needs by W.D. Halliburton First Edition 1919
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Memoirs and Letters of Sir James Paget / Edited by Stephen Paget, One of His Sons, 1901
Memoirs and Letters of Sir James Paget / Edited by Stephen Paget, One of His Sons, 1901
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A Cyclopedia of Domestic Medicine and Surgery, Thomas Andrew Leather bound marble edged pages 1859
A Cyclopedia of Domestic Medicine and Surgery, Thomas Andrew Leather bound marble edged pages 1859
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The Diagnosis and Treatment of Adrenal Insufficiency, 1951
The Diagnosis and Treatment of Adrenal Insufficiency, 1951
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Natural history of infectious disease, Burnet, MacFarlane, Cambridge University Press 1953
Natural history of infectious disease, Burnet, MacFarlane, Cambridge University Press 1953
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On the Pathology and Treatment on Gonorrhoea, Hardwicke and Bogue, London 1876
On the Pathology and Treatment on Gonorrhoea, Hardwicke and Bogue, London 1876
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The neurotic constitution; Outlines of a comparative individualistic psychology and psychotherapy, Alfred Adler, 1921 very
The neurotic constitution; Outlines of a comparative individualistic psychology and psychotherapy, Alfred Adler, 1921 very
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Laboratory Studies in Tropical Medicine by C.W. Daniels, John Bale, Sons, and Danielsson Ltd, London 1918,
Laboratory Studies in Tropical Medicine by C.W. Daniels, John Bale, Sons, and Danielsson Ltd, London 1918,
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Opththalmoscopy, Retinoscopy and Refraction, Fisher, W.A. F.A. Davis Company, Philadelphia,1928,
Opththalmoscopy, Retinoscopy and Refraction, Fisher, W.A. F.A. Davis Company, Philadelphia,1928,
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Tropical Diseases, A Manual of the Diseases of the Warm Climate by Sir Patrick Manson, 1914
Tropical Diseases, A Manual of the Diseases of the Warm Climate by Sir Patrick Manson, 1914
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An Introduction to General Physiology with Practical Exercises,  Bayliss, W. M, 1919
An Introduction to General Physiology with Practical Exercises, Bayliss, W. M, 1919
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Man on his Nature by Sherrington,Cambridge University Press 1951 with dust cover,
Man on his Nature by Sherrington,Cambridge University Press 1951 with dust cover,
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Physiology of the Nervous System, illustrated, John Fulton, Yale University, 2nd Edition, 1943
Physiology of the Nervous System, illustrated, John Fulton, Yale University, 2nd Edition, 1943
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New Paths in Genetics, J B S Haldane, First Edition, George, Allen and Unwin, 1941
New Paths in Genetics, J B S Haldane, First Edition, George, Allen and Unwin, 1941
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Text-book of Public Health by E.W. Hope, E & S Livingstone, London, 1930.
Text-book of Public Health by E.W. Hope, E & S Livingstone, London, 1930.
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