The history of medicine is a vast subject, encompassing the whole of humanity in every region of the globe. For millennia, our ancestors have sought to combat disease, relieve pain and postpone the Grim Reaper's inevitable victory, doing so with a fortitude and humour that makes their experiences resonate with us today.
In this book packed full of facts from medicine's long and often shocking past, Caroline Rance gives concise introductions to some of the more well-known (and not-so-well-known) episodes, dispelling a few myths and celebrating a few neglected figures along the way.
Caroline Rance runs the popular history of medicine website www.thequackdoctor.com and has an MA in Medicine, Science and Society. She has written a historical novel, Kill-Grief, and a non-fiction book on Victorian proprietary medicines, The Quack Doctor: Historical Remedies For All Your Ills. She has also compiled a pocket trivia gift book, What the Apothecary Ordered, for Old House Books.