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The Rise And Fall Of Modern Medicine

James Le Fanu
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James Le Fanu

The medical achievements of the post-war years rank as one of the supreme epochs of human endeavour. Advances in surgical technique, new ideas about the nature of disease and huge innovations in drug manufacture vanquished most common causes of early death, But, since the mid-1970s the rate of development has slowed, and the future of medicine is uncertain. How has this happened?James Le Fanu's hugely acclaimed survey of the 'twelve definitive moments' of modern medicine and the intellectual vacuum which followed them has been fully revised and updated for this edition. The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine is both riveting drama and a clarion call for change.

Adrian Selby

Adrian Selby studied creative writing at university before embarking on a career in video game production. He is a Tolkien fanatic and an online gaming addict, and lives with his wife and family on the south coast of England. His debut novel Snakewood is an epic and inventive fantasy about a company of mercenaries and the assassin trying to destroy them. You can find Adrian on Twitter, tweeting as @adrianlselby.

Alex Gray

Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. After studying English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde, she worked as a visiting officer for the DHSS, a time she looks upon as postgraduate education since it proved a rich source of character studies. She then trained as a secondary school teacher of English. Alex began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles and commissions for BBC radio programmes. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers' Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing. A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, her previous novels include Five Ways to Kill a Man, Glasgow Kiss, Pitch Black, The Riverman, Never Somewhere Else, The Swedish Girl and Keep the Midnight Out. She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.

Allison Hill

Dr. Allison Hill received her MD from Loyola University in Chicago and completed her residency in OB/GYN at Los Angeles County-USC School of Medicine. Dr. Hill is board-certified and a Fellow of the American College of OB/GYN. She is a past Chairman of the Department of OB/GYN and currently serves as the Vice Chief-of-Staff at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was also one of the featured doctors on the acclaimed Discovery Health Network reality show, Deliver Me. Dr. Hill has been in private practice for more than 15 years. The mother of two children, she enjoys spending time with her kids, yoga and running.

Ayelet Waldman

AYELET WALDMAN is the author of the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter's Keeper, as well as of the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace, and the Mommy-Track Mystery series. She was a federal public defender and taught a course on the legal implications of the War on Drugs at the UC Berkeley law school. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, Michael Chabon, and their four children.

Claudia Herbert

Dr Claudia Herbert is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist, CBT Psychotherapist, EMDR Consultant, Schema Therapist, Psychological Practice Supervisor and Director of the Oxford Development Centre Ltd.

Colin Espie

Colin A. Espie PhD, DSc is Professor of Sleep Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience and a Fellow of Somerville College, University of Oxford. He is Research Director of the Experimental and Clinical Sleep Medicine program within the Sleep & Circadian Neuroscience Institute, and Clinical Director of the Oxford Online Program in Sleep Medicine. Dr Espie has authored/co-authored over 200 publications and books, particularly on CBT, and is co-founder of Big Health (Sleepio) which develops digital interventions for insomnia.

David Wilson

Professor David Wilson is one of the country's leading criminologists, and has written several academic books and papers on serial killers. He is the co-author of HUNTING EVIL about the Suffolk Murders.

Donald M. Vickery

Donald M. Vickery, MD, helped develop the first medical decision charts for non-doctors. Formerly the head of the nonprofit Self-Care Institute, he died in 2008. Fries and Vickery also coauthored, with Robert H. Pantell, Taking Care of Your Child.

Dr. Jennifer Gunter

Jen Gunter, MD, is an OB/GYN and a pain medicine physician. She writes a lot about sex, science, and social media, but sometimes she writes about other things because, well, why not? She has been called Twitter's resident gynecologist, the Internet's OB/GYN, and one of the fiercest advocates for women's health. She first started her quest to help provide quality information by writing The Preemie Primer, a guide for parents of premature babies. In addition to her academic publications, her writing has appeared in places like The New York Times, The Cut, USA Today, The Hill, and Self. She has taken on politicians, celebrities, and the press over misinformation and fake news about women's health care.Dr. Gunter was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, and graduated from The University of Manitoba School of Medicine in 1990 at the age of 23. In 1995 she completed her OB/GYN training at the University of Western Ontario and moved to the United States to complete a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Kansas. After completing her fellowship she continued studies in pain medicine. She is board certified in OB/GYN in both Canada and the United States. She is also board certified in pain medicine. Dr. Gunter lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two sons, her chocolate lab, and her one-eyed cat Luna.

Elisa Black

It was only following a misguided spell in a German girl band that Elisa finally settled on a career in journalism a decade ago.After post-grad study at the University of South Australia, she moved to Brisbane where she spent her first weeks in newspapers covering the sports round, rapidly learning there is, in fact, no such thing as a handball in rugby.A stint in magazines and feature writing followed before she returned to Adelaide to work first as an entertainment reporter and then as health and family reporter for a weekend newspaper.She vacillates between hoping desperately for a resurgence in the popularity of the written word, and terror that, one day, her boys will read exactly what she has been writing about them.Elisa's website: elisablack.com.au

Frank Tallis

Dr Frank Tallis is a writer and clinical psychologist. He has held lecturing posts in clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry and neuroscience at King's College London. He has published over 30 scientific papers in international journals and has written a textbook on cognitive and neuropsychological aspects of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He has written three works of psychology for the lay reader: Changing Minds (a history of psychotherapy), Hidden Minds (a history of the unconscious) and Lovesick (an exploration of the relationship between romantic love and mental illness).

Gayle Greene

Gayle Greene is a Professor of Literature and a life-long insomniac. She is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a professional medical society for researchers and clinicians, and is the patient representative on the board of the American Insomnia Association.

Gretchen Becker

Gretchen Becker is a writer and editor specialising in medical books, and a type-2 diabetic, who lives in Vermont, USA.Gretchen Becker is a writer and editor specialising in medical books, and a type-2 diabetic, who lives in Vermont, USA.

Hilary Cottam

Hilary is an internationally acclaimed British social entrepreneur, recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and named UK Designer of the Year in 2005. In 2006 Hilary founded Participle (www.participle.net) to design working exemplars of a new welfare state. Before her UK work she spent twelve years in Africa and Latin America, latterly as an urban poverty specialist at the World Bank in Washington DC. Her TED Talk: Social Services are Broken: How Can We Fix Them has had over half a million views. She lives in London.

James F. Fries

James F. Fries, MD, is Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, at Stanford University. His work involves the study of health outcomes and how to improve them, prevention of disease by reduction in health risks, self-care techniques, and health economics. He has published over 300 scientific articles and 11 books.

James Le Fanu

James Le Fanu has combined a career as a General Practitioner in South London with writing about medicine and science for the Sunday and Daily Telegraph. He has also contributed articles and reviews to The Times, Spectator, New Statesman, Literary Review, British Medical Journal and Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine. His much acclaimed 'The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine' won the Los Angeles Times book prize in 2001. His most recent book, 'Why Us?', was published jointly by HarperCollins in the UK and Random House in the US in 2009. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2014.

Jill Sklar

Jill Sklar is vice-president of the Michigan chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. She is an award-winning writer who specialises in medical writing and her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Style Magazine and Digestive Health and Nutrition Magazine.

Margaret Blackstone

Margaret Blackstone, a graduate of Yale University, is author of several books on a variety of medical topics, including Beat Diabetes and Recovering from a C-Section.Margaret Blackstone, a graduate of Yale University, is author of several books on a variety of medical topics, including Beat Diabetes and Recovering from a C-Section.

Marlene Koch

Marlene Koch is the award-winning author of numerous cookbooks including Eat What You Love and the New York Times bestseller, Eat More of What You Love. A regular guest on QVC, Marlene is a registered dietitian and culinary expert known for her extraordinary ability to deliver good health, with great taste! Marlene and her recipes have been featured in Cooking Light, Woman's World, Men's Fitness, and Diabetes Health magazines, as well as on Today and the Food Network. At home you'll find Marlene cooking and baking for her big food-loving family.