LINKS: The Making of Medicine

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Science  25 Aug 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5790, pp. 1023
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5790.1023b

Curious about what kinds of parasites might have tormented Louis XIV? Want to learn about skull surgery in ancient Mesoamerica or how the PET scanner was invented? A good starting point is the History of Biomedicine, a virtual encyclopedia from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden that corrals links to hundreds of Web pages. The offerings follow the rise of Western medicine and science from the ancient Greeks to the 21st century, and include sections on other cultures such as China. You can connect to writings by figures such as the sanitary reformer Edwin Chadwick, whose 1842 report on the condition of Britain's poor concluded that “the annual loss of life from filth and bad ventilation are greater than the loss from death or wounds in any wars … in modern times.”

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