When John Walton published The Oxford Companion to Medicine,
reviewers were ecstatic. "I had a wonderful time reading these two
volumes," wrote Eric Cassell in The New England Journal of
Medicine, "but I must confess that it was difficult to get other
work done.... It] should be enjoyed not only as a useful reference
but also as a mine of information about the present, the past, and
by extrapolation, the future." Given the tremendous response,
Walton and two distinguished co-editors began to thoroughly revise
and edit this massive work to produce an accessible, convenient,
up-to-date resource--The Oxford Medical Companion, an invaluable
reference for doctors, students, and medical professionals of all
kinds, as well as the general reader fascinated by the healing
The Oxford Medical Companion represents an unequaled achievement
among medical resources: here, in one volume, is a comprehensive
account of the state of the physician's art, presented in hundreds
of alphabetically arranged articles. In fact, no matter what your
training and background, you'll find much to learn from this
magnificent work. Here are articles summarizing the past and
present of entire specialties of medicine--psychiatry, for example,
or neurology, or anesthesiology--along with concise definitions of
medical terms, capsule biographies of key figures, and entries on
illnesses, medical education and training, the structure of the
profession, and other related topics. This new Companion is
tremendously far-reaching in scope, ranging from accounts of
medical systems around the globe to essays on social issues and the
close links between medicine and the arts, including painting,
music, and literature. Most important, this book provides the
definitive reference on the latest advances, such as the rapidly
expanding field of molecular medicine and the most recent research
into genetics. Indeed, this volume allows specialists and students,
as well as the lay person, to probe the farthest reaches of the
medical field. Along the way, the contributors paint a rich
portrait of the long history of medicine, from the writings of the
ancient physician Galen to the depiction of illnesses and doctoring
in Shakespeare's plays.
Unlike other books of medicine, The Oxford Medical Companion is
neither a weighty, inaccessible tome nor a popularized account of
little interest to professionals. Instead, here is a refreshing
departure--a rich, intelligent guide to the state of medical
science, written by the world's leading authorities, that will
appeal to the broadest audience
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