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Old-Time Makers of Medicine

James J. Walsh (1865-1942)

1. 00 – Preface and Ch. 1 Introduction
2. 01 – Ch. 2 Great Physicians in Early Christian Times, part 1/3
3. 02 – Ch. 2 Great Physicians in Early Christian Times, part 2/3
4. 03 – Ch. 2 Great Physicians in Early Christian Times, part 3/3
5. 04 – Ch. 3 Great Jewish Physicians, part 1/2
6. 05 – Ch. 3 Great Jewish Physicians, part 2/2
7. 06 – Ch. 4 Maimonides
8. 07 – Ch. 5 Great Arabian Physicians, part 1/3
9. 08 – Ch. 5 Great Arabian Physicians, part 2/3
10. 09 – Ch. 6 The Medical School at Salerno
11. 10 – Ch. 7 Constantine Africanus
12. 11 – Ch. 8 Medieval Women Physicians
13. 12 – Ch. 9 Mondino and the Medical School of Bologna, part 1/2
14. 13 – Ch. 9 Mondino and the Medical School of Bologna, part 2/2
15. 14 – Ch. 10 Great Surgeons of the Medieval Universities, part 1/3
16. 15 – Ch. 10 Great Surgeons of the Medieval Universities, part 2/3
17. 16 – Ch. 10 Great Surgeons of the Medieval Universities, part 3/3
18. 17 – Ch. 11 Guy de Chauliac, part 1/2
19. 18 – Ch. 11 Guy de Chauliac, part 2/2
20. 19 – Ch. 12 Medieval Dentistry – Giovanni of Arcoli, part 1/2
21. 20 – Ch. 12 Medieval Dentistry – Giovanni of Arcoli, part 2/2
22. 21 – Ch. 13 Cusanus and the First Suggestion of Laboratory Methods in Medicine
23. 22 – Ch. 14 Basil Valentine, Last of the Alchemists, First of the Chemists, part 1/2
24. 23 – Ch. 14 Basil Valentine, Last of the Alchemists, First of the Chemists, part 2/2
25. 24 – Ap. 1 St. Luke the Physician, part 1/2
26. 25 – Ap. 1 St. Luke the Physician, part 2/2
27. 26 – Ap. 2 Science at the Medieval Universities, part 1/2
28. 27 – Ap. 2 Science at the Medieval Universities, part 2/2
29. 28 – Ap. 3 Medieval Popularization of Science

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Dr. Walsh’s Old-Time Makers of Medicine chronicles the history and development of modern medicine from ancient times up to the discovery of America. Throughout this historical guide, Dr. Walsh shows numerous examples of practices thought to be entirely modern that were clearly anticipated hundreds or thousands of years ago. Ancient healers sought to use the body’s natural healing ability, rather than rely exclusively on external cures. Physicians even in ancient times relied on what is now recognized as the placebo effect.Dr. Walsh also addresses training and certification in medicine. Medieval universities anticipate our modern medical textbooks with consolidated records of all research and independent investigations, to provide uniform training for students. Likewise, the reader will find that the ancients reacted to unsuccessful treatment in similar degrees to what might now be called medical malpractice suits.The book is organized chronologically, beginning with the fall of the Roman Empire and growth of the early Christian Church. From there, Dr. Walsh details the development of medical knowledge and practice in Arabia, to Medieval and Renaissance Europe. The reader will also discover how modern cultures based much of their medical knowledge on ancient Greek teachings. The chapters on Arabian Physicians and Medieval Universities also discuss knowledge exchanged between Arabic and European cultures. Dr. Walsh exposes several misconceptions and misinterpretations of history, especially restrictions of medical research stemming from religious prohibitions.