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A doctor's life : a visual history of doctors and nurses through the ages
Storring, Rod.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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R690 .S75 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
R690 .S75 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
R690 .S75 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The practice of medicine has changed greatly since the time of Hippocrates in 400 b.c., but the work of doctors and nurses has always been to alleviate suffering. This colorful, informative book explores the world of medical history, spanning the time from Roman physicians to modern-day surgeons, from Native American healers to district nurses.The colorful reenactments photographed especially for this book bring medical history to vivid life: a barber-surgeon from 1450 extracts a tooth, an Elizabethan housewife grinds medicinal herbs to treat wounds, a general practitioner from 1965 listens to her young patient's heart. Readers will learn about the long-used practice of bloodletting, the work of apothecaries and barber-surgeons, the development of anesthesia and vaccinations, the practice of quarantine to stop the spread of diseases, improvements in medical equipment, and much more. Filled with graphic details, this book is sure to be a hit with both science and history buffs.An excellent resource for browsing or doing research, A Doctor's Life also features a comprehensive time line and an index, a glossary of medical terms, and a list of places to visit. No library reference collection or classroom should be without it.Dr. Rod Storring is a consulting physician in London. He collaborated on this book with his eleven-year-old daughter, Nicola, who also hopes to become a doctor.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. First published in Great Britain, this large-format book introduces 22 representative figures in the history of medicine, from Roman times to the present. Each figure is given a fictional persona, such as William Iron, a naval surgeon in Tudor England; Jeremiah Clinker, an eighteenth-century grave robber; and Margery Gilbert, a Birmingham district nurse, who worked about 1930. Generally, a double-page spread is devoted to each person. Although dominated by a large color photo of someone acting the part of the character, the spreads also include smaller photos of equipment and materials typical of the period. The pictures of costumed people often have a static, staged quality; however, the book offers an unusual window to the past. And despite the British focus, the text and captions include plenty of eye-opening details of medical practice through the ages. A good choice for visual learners. Extensive time line and glossary appended. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-This attractive, easy-to-read book uses profiles of real doctors and nurses to describe the development of medicine from the ancient Romans to the present. Each two-page spread introduces a practitioner, tells about his or her practice, and discusses the prevailing beliefs and treatments of the time. Famous people such as Joseph Lister and Florence Nightingale are mentioned, but the book belongs to the ordinary doctors and nurses such as John Mason, a barber-surgeon in England (c. 1450) and Martha Sharpe, an untrained midwife and mother of nine (c. 1860). Most of the medical professionals are English with a few exceptions, such as Four Elks, a Plains Indian medicine man (c. 1860). Full-color photographs of models wearing period clothing and engaged in an appropriate activity appear on each spread, along with the pictures of tools of the trade like surgeons' knives, herbs, and leeches. A time line highlights important medical facts and a list of American museums to visit is included. A good pictorial supplement to Irene M. Franck and David M. Brownstone's Healers (Facts on File, 1989).-Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.