"On Second Thought" and Other Essays in the History of Medicine and Science

"On Second Thought" and Other Essays in the History of Medicine and Science

By: Owsei Temkin (author)Hardback

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Over the course of a career spanning most of the twentieth century, distinguished historian Owsei Temkin has argued passionately for the necessity of chronicling and analyzing the history of medicine. The essays presented in "On Second Thought" and Other Essays in the History of Medicine and Science span Dr. Temkin's career, bringing together new pieces and many previously unavailable outside the journals in which they were originally published. Here the reader will find new thoughts and ideas that deviate from Dr. Temkin's earlier beliefs and reflect a lifetime of research into the historical and ethical foundations of modern medicine. Dr. Temkin addresses medical ethics, tracing the idea of respect for life through the history of medicine and exploring the moral complications of the concept of disease. The volume opens with "On Second Thought," a new essay reflecting on the author's career. Also new is a previously unpublished translation and interpretation of the Hippocratic Oath which takes a very different point of view from that made famous by the author's friend and colleague Ludwig Edelstein. Other essays reflect on the history of therapy and nutrition, including drug therapy, and comment on the lessons ancient medicine can teach modern medicine. Dr. Temkin also writes on topics in the history of science, including the Age of Copernicus, as well as Gall and the phrenological movement. The final essay in the book brings the volume full circle, reproducing Dr. Temkin's obituary for Edelstein-included, he writes, to atone for his own more recent distancing from Edelstein's views.

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Owsei Temkin, M.D., is William H. Welch Professor Emeritus of the History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University.


Contents: Preface and Acknowledgments Chapter 1: On Second Thought PART I: Ethics in Medicine Chapter 2: What Does the Hippocratic Oath Say? Chapter 3: The Idea of Respect for Life in the History of Medicine Chapter 4: Some Moral Implications of the Concept of Disease PART II: The History of Science Chapter 5: Science and Society in the Age of Copernicus Chapter 6: Gall and Phrenological Movement Chapter 7: Historical Reflections on the Scientist's Virtue PART III: The History of Therapy and Nutrition Chapter 8: Historical Aspects of Drug Therapy Chapter 9: Galenicals and Galenism in the History of Medicine Chapter 10: Nutrition from Classical Antiquity to the Baroque Chapter 11: Comments on the German Edition of Rush's Account of the Yellow Fever PART IV: A Miscellany Chapter 12: History and Prophecy: Meditations in a Medical Library Chapter 13: On the Reading of Medical Classics Chapter 14: The Study of the History of Medicine Chapter 15: Wunderlich versus Haeser: A Controversy over Medical History (with C. Lilian Temkin) Chapter 16: In Memory of Ludwig Edelstein Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/01/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780801867743
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 284
  • ID: 9780801867743
  • weight: 544
  • ISBN10: 0801867746

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