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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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The Pathology of the Eye 1904- 1908, John Herbert Parsons, Complete 4 volume set. 1427 pages,
The Pathology of the Eye 1904- 1908, John Herbert Parsons, Complete 4 volume set. 1427 pages,
£155.00
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The Evolution of Man by Ernst Haeckel, Volume I, Human Embryology or Ontogeny, Haeckel, Ernst, 1906
The Evolution of Man by Ernst Haeckel, Volume I, Human Embryology or Ontogeny, Haeckel, Ernst, 1906
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A Treatise on the Diseases of the Skin, Sir T McCall Anderson, Charles Griffin London 1894
A Treatise on the Diseases of the Skin, Sir T McCall Anderson, Charles Griffin London 1894
£165.00
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Diseases of the Tongue, Henry T Butlin, Cassel & Co, 1885., illustrated with chromo-lithograps, First Edition
Diseases of the Tongue, Henry T Butlin, Cassel & Co, 1885., illustrated with chromo-lithograps, First Edition
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The Diseases of the Male Organs of Generation, W. H.A Jacobson, J & A Churchill 1893 First Edition
The Diseases of the Male Organs of Generation, W. H.A Jacobson, J & A Churchill 1893 First Edition
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Selected Monographs Comprising Albuminuria in Health and Disease;Some Considerations on the Nature 1884
Selected Monographs Comprising Albuminuria in Health and Disease;Some Considerations on the Nature 1884
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Totem & Taboo by Sigmund Freud, First UK Edition, George Routledge & Sons, London 1919
Totem & Taboo by Sigmund Freud, First UK Edition, George Routledge & Sons, London 1919
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Psychology Of The Unconscious. A Study of the Transformations and Symbolisms of the Libido. A Contribution to the History of the Evolution of Thought.
Psychology Of The Unconscious. A Study of the Transformations and Symbolisms of the Libido. A Contribution to the History of the Evolution of Thought.
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The Rectum and Anus, Their Diseases and Treatment, Charles B Ball, Casesel & Co, 1887, half leather, gold embossed
The Rectum and Anus, Their Diseases and Treatment, Charles B Ball, Casesel & Co, 1887, half leather, gold embossed
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The General Practice of Physic, R Brookes, leather bound, volume II only, St Paul's Church Yard London 1758
The General Practice of Physic, R Brookes, leather bound, volume II only, St Paul's Church Yard London 1758
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Psychology Of The Unconscious, C G Jung, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, 1922.
Psychology Of The Unconscious, C G Jung, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, 1922.
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Curability Et Traitment De La Phthisie Pulmonaire, S Jaccoud, Adrian Delahaye, Paris 1881
Curability Et Traitment De La Phthisie Pulmonaire, S Jaccoud, Adrian Delahaye, Paris 1881
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A Practical Treatise In Urinary and Renal Diseases, including Urinary Deposits, William Roberts, 1885
A Practical Treatise In Urinary and Renal Diseases, including Urinary Deposits, William Roberts, 1885
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A Medical Manual for Apothecaries' Hall and Other Medical Boards by John Steggall, John Churchill, London, 1852
A Medical Manual for Apothecaries' Hall and Other Medical Boards by John Steggall, John Churchill, London, 1852
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A Practical Treatise In Urinary and Renal Diseases, Urinary Deposits, William Roberts, Smith Elder & Co, London 1885
A Practical Treatise In Urinary and Renal Diseases, Urinary Deposits, William Roberts, Smith Elder & Co, London 1885
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Lectures in General Pathology by Sir Howard Florey, First Edition, LLoyd-Luke (Medical Books) Ltd, London, 1954.
Lectures in General Pathology by Sir Howard Florey, First Edition, LLoyd-Luke (Medical Books) Ltd, London, 1954.
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Galenic Pharmacy; A Practical Handbook to the Processes of the British Pharmacopoeia Cripps, R.A. 1893
Galenic Pharmacy; A Practical Handbook to the Processes of the British Pharmacopoeia Cripps, R.A. 1893
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Curiosites medico-artistiques, Series 1 and 2 (1907-09), 2 vols. Very Good copies
Curiosites medico-artistiques, Series 1 and 2 (1907-09), 2 vols. Very Good copies
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Intracranial Tumours and Some Errors in their Diagnosis, Sir James Purves-Stewart, First Edition 1927
Intracranial Tumours and Some Errors in their Diagnosis, Sir James Purves-Stewart, First Edition 1927
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TRAITE ELEMENTAIRE D'OPHTHALMACOPE (Treatise on Elementary Opthamoscopy) First Edition 1878, rare
TRAITE ELEMENTAIRE D'OPHTHALMACOPE (Treatise on Elementary Opthamoscopy) First Edition 1878, rare
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The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion (1861-1865) Part First, Medical Volume Barnes,  1875
The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion (1861-1865) Part First, Medical Volume Barnes, 1875
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