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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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Metamorphosis of Man and Lower Animals by A.De Quatrefages, First Edition, Robert Harswicke, London, 1864.
Metamorphosis of Man and Lower Animals by A.De Quatrefages, First Edition, Robert Harswicke, London, 1864.
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Hints to Mothers for the Management of Health during the Period of Pregnancy, Thomas Bull 1861
Hints to Mothers for the Management of Health during the Period of Pregnancy, Thomas Bull 1861
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Beloved Physician, Sir James Mackenzie, R Macnair Wilson, First Edition, 1926,
Beloved Physician, Sir James Mackenzie, R Macnair Wilson, First Edition, 1926,
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Diseases of the Nose and Throat, by J Price Brown, 1901
Diseases of the Nose and Throat, by J Price Brown, 1901
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The Poems of Mark Arkenside, Two Volumes in One Akenside, Mark, 1744 Medical Poet
The Poems of Mark Arkenside, Two Volumes in One Akenside, Mark, 1744 Medical Poet
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Essays in Heart and Lung Disease, Arthur Foxwell,Charles Griffin and Co. 1895,
Essays in Heart and Lung Disease, Arthur Foxwell,Charles Griffin and Co. 1895,
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The Chemical Kinetics of the Bacterial Cell. HINSHELWOOD, Cyril Norman, Clarendon Press 1956
The Chemical Kinetics of the Bacterial Cell. HINSHELWOOD, Cyril Norman, Clarendon Press 1956
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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Selected Passages From Her Letters Arthur R., M.A., (Editor) Ropes 1892
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Selected Passages From Her Letters Arthur R., M.A., (Editor) Ropes 1892
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Contraception: Its Theory, History and Practice, Marie Stopes, G.P.Putnam's Sons 1932 New & Enlarged Edition
Contraception: Its Theory, History and Practice, Marie Stopes, G.P.Putnam's Sons 1932 New & Enlarged Edition
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Hear Affections, Their Recognition and Treatment, Illustrated, Calvin Smith, Pennsylvania, F A Davis Company Philadelphia, First Edition 1921 Good Copy
Hear Affections, Their Recognition and Treatment, Illustrated, Calvin Smith, Pennsylvania, F A Davis Company Philadelphia, First Edition 1921 Good Copy
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Opvscvla Medica, Antea Sparism Edita Nvnc Avetum in Vnvm Collecta  by Vogel, Rvdolphi Avgvstini ,Gottingae, 1768 SOLD
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Temperature in Diseases, with 40 woodcuts and 7 lithographs, charts, C A Wunderlich, New Sydenham Society 1871
Temperature in Diseases, with 40 woodcuts and 7 lithographs, charts, C A Wunderlich, New Sydenham Society 1871
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Congenital Heart Disease by James W Brown, Staples Press, New York, first edition 1950, very good copy, scarce,
Congenital Heart Disease by James W Brown, Staples Press, New York, first edition 1950, very good copy, scarce,
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The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation First Edition, Austin O'Malley, The Devin_Adair Company 1919
The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation First Edition, Austin O'Malley, The Devin_Adair Company 1919
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A Text Book of Pathology, MacCallum, W. G, W B Saunders 1922
A Text Book of Pathology, MacCallum, W. G, W B Saunders 1922
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Medical Review,  Volume II, 626 pages, illustrations and plates, binding intact, loose board, Sherwood Gilbert & Piper, London April to Ocober 1836.
Medical Review, Volume II, 626 pages, illustrations and plates, binding intact, loose board, Sherwood Gilbert & Piper, London April to Ocober 1836.
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Family Instructor in 5 Parts: Respecting Parents and Children, Masters and Servants, Husbands and Wife, Daniel de Foe
Family Instructor in 5 Parts: Respecting Parents and Children, Masters and Servants, Husbands and Wife, Daniel de Foe
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Principles of Bacteriology , Abbot, A.C. 492 pages, 90 illustrations, 1895 good copy
Principles of Bacteriology , Abbot, A.C. 492 pages, 90 illustrations, 1895 good copy
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Clavis anglica linguæ botanicæ; or, a botanical lexicon; in which the terms of botany are applied, derived, 1789
Clavis anglica linguæ botanicæ; or, a botanical lexicon; in which the terms of botany are applied, derived, 1789
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Clinical Diagnosis, The Bacteriological, Chemical and Microscopic Evidence of Disease 1905, scarce
Clinical Diagnosis, The Bacteriological, Chemical and Microscopic Evidence of Disease 1905, scarce
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Clinical Lectures on the Diseases of the Heart and Aorta by Balfour Balfour, John William Publication Date: 1898
Clinical Lectures on the Diseases of the Heart and Aorta by Balfour Balfour, John William Publication Date: 1898
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