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Taking off from the rich collections of the British Museum, this book uses art and artifacts from around the world to introduce children to the history of medicine. Both science and history, it traces today's modern medicine (including alternative therapies) from the practices of healers in ancient China, India, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Lindsay also gives readers a brief but meaningful introduction to the biographies of important figures in science by showing their place on a historical continuum. Back matter includes a chronology and index.
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Grade 4-6-This book will delight both seekers of gross-out trivia and students working on reports. Filled with crisply rendered reproductions from The British Museum's archives, the text balances a lively, conversational tone with historical information. Lindsay takes a global approach, highlighting developments in medicine from ancient Egypt, China, India, Greece, and Rome to the Middle Ages and up to the present day. She also allows the facts to speak for themselves, without judging the medical beliefs of physicians of the past, and without resorting to sensationalism. Each brief chapter covers topics such as anatomy, disease prevention, surgery, alternative medicines, and the future of medicine. Technical vocabulary is defined in a front-matter glossary, a serviceable index covers most topics and historical figures mentioned in the text, and the endpapers feature a clear time line stretching from nearly two million years ago to 2002. Comparable in scope to Kathryn Senior's Medicine: Doctors, Demons and Drugs (Watts, 1993; o.p.), this title is suitable for slightly younger readers. A fine choice for all libraries.-Sophie R. Brookover, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
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"This book will delight both seekers of gross-out trivia and students working on reports. Filled with crisply rendered reproductions from The British Museum's archives, the text balances a lively, conversational tone with historical information."--School Library Journal
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