Disease and Medicine in World History is a concise introduction to
diverse ideas about diseases and their treatment throughout the
world. Drawing on case studies from ancient Egypt to present-day
America, Asia and Europe, this survey discusses concepts of
sickness and forms of treatment in many cultures. Sheldon Watts
shows that many medical practices in the past were shaped as much
by philosophers and metaphysicians as by university-trained doctors
and other practitioners. This volume is a landmark contribution to
the field of world history. It covers the principal medical systems
known in the world, based on extensive original research. Watts
raises questions about globalization in medicine and the potential
impact of infectious diseases in the present day. Subjects covered
include: Pharaonic Egypt and the pre-conquest New World the
evolution of medical systems in the Middle East health and healing
on the Indian subcontinent medicine and disease in China the
globalization of disease in the modern world the birth and
evolution of modern scientific medicine.
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