The Oxford Illustrated Companion to Medicine

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9780192629500: The Oxford Illustrated Companion to Medicine

Boasting over five hundred illustrations, The Oxford Illustrated Companion to Medicine offers a stimulating, kaleidoscopic account of the current state and past history of the medical, nursing, and allied health sciences.
From alchemy to AIDS, and from snakebite to ultrasound, this wide-ranging reference travels both the main avenues and fascinating byways of medicine. Deftly written articles, penned by some 200 respected scholars, examine everything of importance--related sciences (such as biochemistry and cell biology), important institutions (medical colleges, societies, major hospitals, and libraries), modern medical techniques (such as magnetic resonance imaging), even the darker side of medicine, including fraud and misconduct in medical research, and medical cults and quackery. There are major entries on each of the branches of medicine, such as cardiology, pediatrics, and general surgery, describing what they encompass, their historical background, variations in international practice, and recent advances. And there are shorter entries that illuminate a comprehensive selection of medical terms. The volume also features a micropedia containing brief, insightful accounts of the lives and achievements of many fascinating and famous historical and contemporary medical personalities. And the Companion includes numerous articles that examine the often-close links between medicine and art, music, poetry, and dance.
This book is the perfect companion for everyone working in medicine or related fields, and everyone interested in the medical arts.

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Stephen Lock, M.D., was formerly the editor of The British Medical Journal. George Dunea, M.D., teaches at the University of Illinois. And John Last, M.D., teaches at the University of Ottawa.

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The improvements to this latest version of The Oxford Medical Companion are tremendous. It is a little shorter than the previous edition (1994) but is much more compactly written, treats a greater number of subjects, and, with over 500 illustrations, is more visually appealing. The former editor of the British Medical Journal, Lock has created an essential reference work that is also a pleasure to browse. What results is more than a dictionary but not quite an encyclopedia; the length of the alphabetically arranged entries, all of which are well written and highly informative, varies from a paragraph to eight pages. In addition to the entries, contributed by 200 highly respected authors mostly from the U.K., there is a topic index, a people index, a general index, and a list of individual conditions and diseases. This work covers a wonderful array of topics, from diabetes and natural childbirth to health insurance and the Flexner report on medical education, but it is not comprehensive. For example, it includes articles on physicians in literature and the medical effects of Chernobyl but not on kidney stones. Thus, it cannot be the only medical reference work in a library, but it makes a fine accompaniment to such standards as the Merck Manual for Diagnosis and Therapy and the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. A great value for its cost and highly recommended for all libraries. Eric Albright, Duke Medical Ctr. Lib., Durham, NC
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