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On the Shoulders of Medicine's Giants

What Today's Clinicians Can Learn from Yesterday's Wisdom

Authors: Taylor, Robert B

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  • A fascinating and fun look at medical history through quotations from its luminaries
  • Each quotation is placed in the context of current medical thought
  • Quotes are annotated and illustrated
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About this book

Medical history offers us many wise thoughts, a few misguided notions, and a host of intriguing back-stories. On the Shoulders of Medicine’s Giants presents a selection of these, and tells how the words of medicine’s “giants”—such as Hippocrates, Sir William Osler, Francis Weld Peabody, and Elizabeth Kübler-Ross—are relevant to medical science and practice in the 21st century.

Which physician was the inspiration for the fictional character Sherlock Holmes, and what did he identify as "the real essential factor in all successful medical diagnosis"? What did Sigmund Freud describe as his “tyrant,” and what might this mean for doctors today? Do you know the attributed source of the well-known aphorism about horses and zebras, and what we believe this physician actually said? This book answers these questions and more, while also providing fascinating tales about each individual quoted.

On the Shoulders of Medicine’s Giants is recommended for practicing physicians, students, and residents, as well as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and anyone involved in patient care who wants to understand the historical and epistemological foundations of what we do each day in practice.

To see Dr. Taylor lecture on the history of medicine, go here: https://youtu.be/Zx4yaUyaPRA

About the authors

Robert B. Taylor, MD, is a professor emeritus at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. He is the author or editor of more than 25 medical books, including six editions of Family Medicine: Principles and Practice (Springer).

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“Each chapter contains 10 to 12 essays that are only two pages in length and always accompanied by a handful of references that reflect the author’s narratives or the original sources of his quotes. … this is a book that should be read at various phases of one’s medical career–starting with medical school. … These essays will assume progressively greater relevance as one grows to appreciate those whose shoulders they have stood upon through a life in medicine.” (Jeffrey T. Kirchner, Family Medicine, Vol. 48 (4), April, 2016)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-1335-0
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Hardcover $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-4816-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
On the Shoulders of Medicine's Giants
Book Subtitle
What Today's Clinicians Can Learn from Yesterday's Wisdom
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-1335-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-1335-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-1334-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-4816-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 251
Number of Illustrations
52 b/w illustrations, 48 illustrations in colour
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