Medical London : City of Diseases, City of Cures, Hardback Book

Medical London : City of Diseases, City of Cures Hardback

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A unique, stunningly-presented guide to London's past and a treasure trove of information for historians, residents, medical professionals and tourists, Medical London charts the many roles that diseases, treatments and cures have played in the city's sprawling story.

It also reveals how London, in turn, has shaped the professions and practices of modern medicine.

Medical London comprises three parts: A volume of essays exploring some of the threads that medicine has woven through London life, from its earliest beginnings to the multicultural metropolis of today: its roles in contagion and sanitation, in wealth and its consumption, in empire and immigration, in pleasure and in madness. A definitive guide to London's medical landscape: its museums and hospitals, its grand monuments and secret corners, and the characters and events that lie behind them. Six elegantly designed maps for self-guided walks, from Daniel Defoe's Plague Year wanderings to the druggists of Soho's night haunts, the homeopaths of bohemian Chelsea to the naval surgeons of maritime Greenwich. Published in collaboration with Wellcome Collection.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 500 pages, 192 b&w illus., 6 maps
  • Publisher: Strange Attractor Press
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  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9780955876103



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A rather brilliant boxed set of books: one called "Sick City" which is a collection of essays on various aspects of the medical history of London, six pamphlets designed as tour guides for sights of medical-historical interest in and around London, and one larger full-city tour guide. I might add that the tour guides were definite interest to me in spite of the fact that I've never been London and don't anticipate going there anytime soon. Any of the books/pamphlets could stand alone and be worth reading in and of itself; all of them together are quite a pleasure.

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