Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography : The Great Courses: Biology

  • by The Great Courses, Sherwin B. Nuland
  • Narrated by Professor Sherwin B. Nuland
  • Series: The Great Courses: Biology
  • 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Discover medical science's extraordinary journey from a time when even the slightest cut held the threat of infection and death to today's era of routine organ transplants and daily headlines about the mysteries of DNA and the human genome. What major discoveries made this transition possible? Who were the fascinating individuals responsible for those discoveries, and what qualities prepared each of them for their unique roles in medical history?
These 12 compelling lectures draw on the lives of medicine's greatest contributors to tell the human story behind the development of Western scientific medicine. Professor Nuland reveals the human side of science - a story about strivings, disappointments, triumphs of human genius, and even greed.
This course is a must-have for anyone interested in the fascinating story of medicine's evolution-and the brilliant men and women who made this journey possible. Topics include the rise of universities and how they influenced medical education; the appearance of scientific method and what we call "inductive reasoning"; the influence of individual personality on achievement along with the accompanying influence of national character and culture; the role of the church; and the part played by each discoverer's psychological makeup.
Please note: This course contains some discussion about certain historical medical practices and experiments that, while common in their time, may seem barbaric and unusual to us today. The professor does not necessarily describe them in graphic detail, but due to the subject matter of this course, some descriptions of these practices do arise. This should be noted before selecting this course for a young or sensitive individual.

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Great Review of Medicine's history

What did you love best about Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography?

I am a retired Surgeon, and although I took a course on the History of Medicine in medical school, I wanted to review it. The course by Dr Nuland was extraordinary. His course was extremely logical, well organized, and memorable. His delivery was the best of any of the courses I have heard - I appreciate his deliberate, unrushed presentation - allowing time to digest the information. History presented by biography is the best. Thank you Professor Nuland.


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- Mark E Faith

Incredible review of medical history

As a physician, I thought this was an amazing review of medical history. The initial lectures were especially superb. Perhaps in a subsequent edition, we can hear about other greats (e.g. William Osler, Robert Koch, etc.). I highly recommend this audio book.
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- Kostas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses