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    Lewis Thomas(Author)

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From the 1920s when he watched his father, a general practitioner who made housecalls and wrote his prescriptions in Latin, to his days in medical school and beyond, Lewis Thomas saw medicine evolve from an art into a sophisticated science. "The Youngest Science" is Dr. Thomas's account of his life in the medical profession and an inquiry into what medicine is all about--the youngest science, but one rich in possibility and promise.

Lewis Thomas was a physician, poet, etymologist, essayist, administrator, educator, policy advisor, and researcher. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, he was the dean of Yale Medical School and New York University School of Medicine, and the president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute. He wrote regularly in the New England Journal of Medicine, and his essays were published in several collections, including The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher,which won two National Book Awards and a Christopher Award, and The Medusa and the Snail,which won the National Book Award in Science. He died in 1993.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Lewis Thomas(Author)
  • Penguin; New e. edition (Dec. 1995)
  • English
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  • By DT on 11 May 2017

    Excellent book, covering the history of medicine, starting in 1900s with minimum science, up to modern times, written by somebody who lived through it

  • By Dr. B. on 3 November 2014

    Like all Lewis Thomas, a wonderful book.

  • By Charles Ashbacher on 8 September 2015

    Although he refers to himself as a watcher, Lewis Thomas was very much a participant in the major event where medicine went from being personal and in some ways useless to a science where cures were routine. He starts the book with a description of the role of a physician before the Second World War. His father was a physician who had an office in their home, although most of his work was making house calls and hospital rounds. In those days, before sulfa, penicillin and other drugs, there were few diseases that could be treated. Therefore, medicine was largely conducted by conversation and touch, and most prescribed medications were placebos. Thomas talks openly about how ineffectual doctors were in actually curing people, and while he notes that he has no desire to regress to those times, he does say that some aspects of medicine have been lost. Not long after he began practicing medicine, science and technology began delivering cures to many of the ailments of humans. Thomas adapted very well to the new realities, eventually rising to the presidency of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He is quite right in calling medicine the youngest science, as it has indeed only became a science in the middle of the twentieth century. There is no question that Thomas was a talented scientist and physician, but he is also an outstanding writer. These essays, always tainted with a sense of wonder, ignorance and optimism, are an inside look at some of the aspects of how medicine was and is practiced. They are a joy to read, his insights into how medicine has changed shed a great deal of light on why there is a crisis in health care.

  • By E. L. Mackay on 14 March 2016

    did not realise how long ago this book was written although many aspects mentioned are still not resolved

  • By Guest on 13 August 2016

    Incredibly boring.

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