By Lois N. Magner
Stressing significant topics within the heritage of medication, this moment version stimulates additional exploration of the occasions, methodologies, and theories that formed clinical practices in many years earlier and in smooth scientific practice-highlighting the practices of civilizations all over the world, in addition to the learn of pioneering scientists and physicians who contributed to our present figuring out of health and wellbeing and ailment.
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Plants and herbs were so important to ancient medicine that the terms for ‘‘medicine’’ and ‘‘herbs’’ were essentially equivalent. Drugs made from seeds, bark, and other parts of plants were dissolved in beer or milk and administered by mouth, or mixed with wine, honey, and fats and applied externally. In retrospect, it is logical to assume that the wine used in wound dressings provided some beneﬁt as an antiseptic. Whether red or white, wine is a better antiseptic than 10 percent alcohol, but red wine seems to be the beverage of choice for ﬁghting infection.
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A History of Medicine by Lois N. Magner