The Healers

The Healers

A History of Medicine in Scotland

David Hamilton

It is no accident that the doctor on board the pioneering missions of Star Trek was known as Scotty! Scotland has had a distinguished reputation for the quality of its doctors and nurses since earliest times.
Date Published :
October 2003
Publisher :
Birlinn
Language:
English
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Overview
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It is no accident that the doctor on board the pioneering missions of Star Trek was known as Scotty! Scotland has had a distinguished reputation for the quality of its doctors and nurses since earliest times. During the eighteenth century the first broadly-based education for physicians and surgeons was established in Scotland, and throughout the growth of the British Empire, Scottish doctors came to dominate medical practice and teaching, not only in Britain and the Colonies, but in much of the Americas and even Russia. How this came about is a fascinating story in itself. Equally interesting is the way medicine in Scotland developed from the early efforts of holy men and folk healers, who used charms and herbs to heal the sick. With the advent of more scientific methods the great achievements of figures such as the Monros, Robert Liston and James Syme, and those of the internationally famous Joseph Lister, David Livingstone and James Young Simpson transformed health care, not just in Scotland, but worldwide. All this is described in the new edition of David Hamilton's best-selling The Healers.Aimed at the non-specialist reader, it ranges over a dramatic and colourful history of leprosy and plagues, cholera and typhoid, anatomy and bodysnatching, and the swashbuckling surgery before anaesthesia which had to be performed in a matter of minutes to spare the patient's suffering. An extensive new introduction is included in this edition bringing it up to the present day and looking forward to the future of medicine in Scotland. Though not as far into the future as Star Trek...

About The Author
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David Hamilton was educated at George Heriots School in Edinburgh and gained his pilot’s licence at seventeen. Joining the RAF straight from school, he qualified as a fighter pilot and flew Lightnings and F-4 Phantoms, including from the deck of HMS Ark Royal, as well as commanding a Tornado F3 squadron and air base. He supervised and flew with the Red Arrows. He held staff appointments in the MoD, NATO HQ and as air advisor to General Sir Peter de la Billière after the First Gulf War, before taking early retirement and spending twelve years with industry on the Eurofighter project.

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