The Rise of Experimental Biology

The Rise of Experimental Biology

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Peter Lutz, PhD, brilliantly traverses the major milestones along the evolutionary path of biomedicine from earliest recorded times to the dawn of the 20th century. With an engaging narrative that will have you turning qjust one more pageq well into the night, this book revealingly demonstrates just how the modern scientific method has been shaped by the past. Along the way the reader is treated to some delightfully obscure anecdotes and a treasure trove of rich illustrations that chronicle the tortuous history of biomedical developments, ranging from the bizarre and amusing to the downright macabre. The reader will also be introduced to the major ideas shaping contemporary physiology and the social context of its development, and also gain an understanding of how advances in biological science have occasionally been improperly used to satisfy momentary social or political needs.Galen conducts physiological experiments on a live pig tied to a table. ... Chart for the examination of urine (uroscopia). A wheel ... The fetus appears to be fairly well developed before it receives the soul to become human. ... representation of the venous and digestive systems, from a Persian manuscript dated about 1400.

Title:The Rise of Experimental Biology
Author: Peter L. Lutz
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2002-04-19

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