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I was wondering if somebody could recommend a book on the history of medicine, be it comprehensive or an introduction to the history of medicine. I know there are a lot of medical books that cover this subject, but given that I have a limited amount of time for reading I was wondering which book would make the best use of my time.

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I enjoyed "Doctors: the biography of Medicine" by Sherwin Nuland

It is not comprehensive, but covers the major eras of medicine.

Im sure there are many others.

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While it's not meant to be a history of all of medicine, I thought the The Emperor of All Maladies touched on a good deal of the history as the author took us through how cancers were diagnosed and treated since long ago.

Great book, that was.

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