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Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography | [The Great Courses, Sherwin B. Nuland]

Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography

Discover medical science's extraordinary journey from a time when even the slightest cut held the threat of infection and death to today's era of routine organ transplants and daily headlines about the mysteries of DNA and the human genome. What major discoveries made this transition possible? Who were the fascinating individuals responsible for those discoveries, and what qualities prepared each of them for their unique roles in medical history? These 12 compelling lectures draw on the lives of medicine's greatest contributors to tell the human story behind the development of Western scientific medicine.
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Discover medical science's extraordinary journey from a time when even the slightest cut held the threat of infection and death to today's era of routine organ transplants and daily headlines about the mysteries of DNA and the human genome. What major discoveries made this transition possible? Who were the fascinating individuals responsible for those discoveries, and what qualities prepared each of them for their unique roles in medical history?

These 12 compelling lectures draw on the lives of medicine's greatest contributors to tell the human story behind the development of Western scientific medicine. Professor Nuland reveals the human side of science - a story about strivings, disappointments, triumphs of human genius, and even greed.

This course is a must-have for anyone interested in the fascinating story of medicine's evolution-and the brilliant men and women who made this journey possible. Topics include the rise of universities and how they influenced medical education; the appearance of scientific method and what we call "inductive reasoning"; the influence of individual personality on achievement along with the accompanying influence of national character and culture; the role of the church; and the part played by each discoverer's psychological makeup.

Please note: This course contains some discussion about certain historical medical practices and experiments that, while common in their time, may seem barbaric and unusual to us today. The professor does not necessarily describe them in graphic detail, but due to the subject matter of this course, some descriptions of these practices do arise. This should be noted before selecting this course for a young or sensitive individual.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2005 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2005 The Great Courses

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    What did you love best about Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography?

    I am a retired Surgeon, and although I took a course on the History of Medicine in medical school, I wanted to review it. The course by Dr Nuland was extraordinary. His course was extremely logical, well organized, and memorable. His delivery was the best of any of the courses I have heard - I appreciate his deliberate, unrushed presentation - allowing time to digest the information. History presented by biography is the best. Thank you Professor Nuland.


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    Michael 04-13-14
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    "Engaging overview of Medical History."
    What did you love best about Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography?

    Details some of the major advances in scientific knowledge of health and disease, presented through the stories of some remarkable individuals.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography?

    My favourite is Virchow, the diminutive German who was a wonderful scientist and also a social activist.


    What about Professor Sherwin B. Nuland’s performance did you like?

    The structure and presentation of each lecture was engaging and full of content.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen for anyone interested in medical history as an example of the remarkable progress of humanity, particularly over the last 200 years.

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    Frank Norfolk, VA, United States 09-07-13
    Frank Norfolk, VA, United States 09-07-13 Member Since 2004
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    If you could sum up Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography in three words, what would they be?

    This is a great book with the history of western medicine and how the things we do now came about . Every physician should listen to this.


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    Alan Landes 08-21-14
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    What made the experience of listening to Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography the most enjoyable?

    The way this fellow presents his material is masterful. His voice adds interest--it is as if he is just talking to you instead of lecturing. I have listened to this three times and enjoy it more each time. I have listened to about 10 different Great Courses and they are all pretty good but this fellow is the best I have heard.


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    Where does Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read a lot but this audiobook stood out with my favorites because of the details given and the well prepared way they were delivered.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography?

    I enjoyed hearing about the first medical school and all the firsts of the medical profession.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes i would have liked to if i only had the time


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    Highly recommend this to other listeners

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