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Publisher's Summary

This major new Radio 4 series charts the development of Western medicine and healing, from the ancient Greeks to the pioneering organ transplant operations of the 20th century and beyond.
© and (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks LTD

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Stellar history of *Western* medicine

Although I disagree with this BBC radio production's underlying assumption that modern medicine is purely a product of Western--chiefly English and Scottish, with a bit of French, Italian, and Prussian/German--culture, one cannot deny the superlative quality of BBC productions overall, and this one both written and narrated by Andrew Cunningham, with additional help from other talented narrators, is engaging, informative, extremely well mastered, comical and delightful. For teachers, these radio-length segments would make a perfect addition to the classroom. One small criticism is that some narrators, obviously from the UK, make embarrassing attempts to read in a US accent, but these moments are short enough that they do not detract from the overall quality of the performance and simply add to its humor.

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  • Tom
  • 11-01-07

Good but not great

I think the content of this audiobook is very good, I like the way it is written and read. However the book is a concatenation of many radio episodes which have all retained their jingles both at the beginning and end. I tend to listen to relax, which is difficult with so much annoying music!

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  • Swing Swang
  • 10-11-13

The BBC at her best

This is such a beautiful publication. Starts with the theory of the four humours and ends with heart transplants. Really interesting. I'd especially recommend it to anyone contemplating a career in medicine, as it puts the modern into its historical context. In fact this would help prepare you for a university interview as it details precisely what is meant by 'clinical medicine', how the various professions within medicine developed (apothecaries physicians and surgeons), and dwells on the personalities as well as the developments.

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  • Amz
  • 12-07-16

Brilliantly presented!

I thoroughly enjoyed the audio book. It was clearly presented and I learned a lot