The Medical Book: 250 Milestones in the History of Medicine

The Medical Book Milestones in the History of Medicine The history of medicine is as old as the history of human civilization In The Medical Book popular science writer Clifford A Pickover explores milestone discoveries in medicine that span than

  • Title: The Medical Book: 250 Milestones in the History of Medicine
  • Author: Clifford A. Pickover
  • ISBN: 9781435148048
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Leather Bound
  • The history of medicine is as old as the history of human civilization In The Medical Book, popular science writer Clifford A Pickover explores 250 milestone discoveries in medicine that span than 12,000 years Whether writing on hard science topics such as DNA structure, reverse transcriptase and AIDS, polymerase chain reaction, and magnetic resonance imaging MRThe history of medicine is as old as the history of human civilization In The Medical Book, popular science writer Clifford A Pickover explores 250 milestone discoveries in medicine that span than 12,000 years Whether writing on hard science topics such as DNA structure, reverse transcriptase and AIDS, polymerase chain reaction, and magnetic resonance imaging MRI , or ideas from the medical fringe such as witch doctors, patent medicines, bloodletting, and near death experiences, Pickover brings insight and acumen to the broad spectrum of medical studies and makes it understandable to all readers This volume is abundantly illustrated in full color with clinical and historical art The Medical Book is one of Barnes Noble s Collectible Editions classics Each volume features authoritative texts by the world s greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk ribbon bookmark Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensible cornerstone for every home library.

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    About “Clifford A. Pickover

    • Clifford A. Pickover

      Clifford A Pickover is an American author, editor, and columnist in the fields of science, mathematics, and science fiction, and is employed at the IBM T J Watson Research Center in Yorktown, New York.He received his Ph.D in 1982 from Yale University s Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, where he conducted research on X ray scattering and protein structure Pickover graduated first in his class from Franklin and Marshall College, after completing the four year undergraduate program in three years 1 He joined IBM at the Thomas J Watson Research Center in 1982, as a member of the speech synthesis group and later worked on the design automation workstations 2 For much of his career, Pickover has published technical articles in the areas of scientific visualization, computer art, and recreational mathematics 1 Currently, he is still at the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center.He is currently an associate editor for the scientific journal Computers and Graphics and is an editorial board member for Odyssey and Leonardo He is also the Brain Strain columnist for Odyssey magazine, and, for many years, he was the Brain Boggler columnist for Discover magazine.Pickover has received over 50 invention achievement awards, three research division awards, and four external honor awards.Pickover s primary interest is in finding new ways to expand creativity by melding art, science, mathematics, and other seemingly disparate areas of human endeavor 5 Pickover is an inventor with dozens of patents 1 , the author of puzzle calendars, and puzzle contributor to magazines geared to children and adults His Neoreality and Heaven Virus science fiction series explores the fabric of reality and religion 1 Pickover is author of hundreds of technical papers in diverse fields, ranging from the creative visualizations of fossil seashells 6 , genetic sequences 7 8 , cardiac 9 and speech sounds, and virtual caverns 10 and lava lamps 11 , to fractal and mathematically based studies 12 13 14 15 He also has published articles in the areas of skepticism e.g ESP and Nostradamus , psychology e.g temporal lobe epilepsy and genius , and technical speculation e.g What if scientists had found a computer in 1900 and An informal survey on the scientific and social impact of a soda can sized super super computer 16 Additional visualization work includes topics that involve breathing motions of proteins 17 , snow flake like patterns for speech sounds 18 , cartoon face representations of data 19 , and biomorphs 20.On November 4, 2006, he began Wikidumper, a popular blog featuring articles being considered for deletion by.

    148 thoughts on “The Medical Book: 250 Milestones in the History of Medicine

    • Avant-proposD’abord publié sous le titre “The Medical Book: From Witch Doctors to Robot Surgeons” chez Sterling Publishing en version originale en 2012, la version francophone, sujet de cette revue, a été publiée fin 2013 chez Dunod.Je vais commencer par ce que ce livre n’est pas avant d’aborder ensuite ce qu’il est réellement. Tout d’abord, il n’a rien à voir avec celui qui a été le sujet de la précédente revue. On ne se voit pas plongé dans la vie des découvreurs ou [...]



    • The Medical Book by Clifford Pickover is part of his Sterling Milestones series. With 250 turning points in medicine, Pickover expresses the history of the discipline as a timeline of significant medical advances. Starting Neolithic advances like trepanation and folk medicine right through to Gene Therapy and other cutting edge advances the entire scope of medicine and recorded human history is covered. Each entry has a concise description that is informative as well as being entertaining and a [...]


    • A FASCINATING LOOK AT 250 MEDICAL MARVELSThe Medical Book is a fascinating compilation of 250 medical milestones described in chronological order, starting with Witch Doctors in 10,000 B.C. and ending with Human Cloning in 2008. I started by flipping around to random topics: Bloodletting (1500 B.C.), Condom (1564), Women Medical Students (1812), Leech Therapy (1825), Cause of Leprosy (1873), Transorbital Lobotomy (1946), and Hand Transplants (1964). Each entry contains one page of interesting hi [...]


    • My spouse purchased this book for me for Christmas 2014. Since it’s edging towards Christmas 2015, I thought it was time that I reviewed this book.The Medical Book: From Witch Doctors to Robot Surgeons, 250 Milestones in the History of Medicine comes off more of a coffee table book. The left side of the page is the description of the picture on the right side.It was fun to read and really didn’t tell me much of what I hadn’t known previously. The pictures are stunning and well worth just l [...]


    • I love how information is presented in these books: by chronological discovery/milestone, informative without using technical jargon (unless explained). There might be slight innacuracies (although I wouldn't know), but the point is to have a general over view of a subject, not become a master in it. By ordering the information by date, you understand more than just the single topic, you understand what it meant to be living in a historical period before and after that moment.


    • Excellent overview of medicine from witch doctors to the current day. Each page gives a brief overview of a medical advance for the time period. I found it so fascinating to read about how far medicine has come over the years. I'm grateful medical practices are much more humane in our day. I can't imagine enduring some of the medical procedures that were practiced even a 100 years ago.


    • This is definitely not a book for everyone. I love reading about medical advances, so it's one of my favorite books ever. It's so interesting to see what they were doing in 10,000 B.C, all the way up to 2008. The medical milestones range from the obvious, but still interesting, all the way to the bizarre like trepanation.


    • Medical History is fascinating stuff and this was organized in a manner that made it easy enough to gather bits and pieces and not overwhelm the self. Some of the phrasing of parts felt problematic though. Medical history is fraught with social injustices and that needs to be considered heavily when compiling/writing a book like this.


    • Super interesting look at the history of medicine itself, which I think is important for anyone going into the healthcare field to know.



    • Interesting stuff and lavishly illustrated. Probably a good gateway for introducing people to unusual medical practices.


    • A very solid book. An easy read with excellent illustrations/images on every other page that add greatly to the written content.


    • A great easy to understand overview of medicine's greatest milestones. Very accessible as it only spends a page on each topic.



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