Medical History: Some Perspectives


Donald E. Greydanus, MD
Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc,
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Public Health: Practices, Methods and Policies
BISAC: MED078000

A variety of topics are presented in this book that seek to reflect on medical history before and after the golden age of the Medical Renaissance. These topics include newborn care, the story of adolescence, behavioral pediatrics, psychopharmacology, substance abuse, psychodermatology, specific organ systems (the kidney and the heart in pediatrics), and other motifs. Reflections on adolescence are provided based on society’s classic disdain and envy of its youth, which is seen throughout the ages of human life. In this book, we include a variety of scholars who stood on the shoulders of giants and made giant leaps in medicine of their own. In each century since the Medial Renaissance, these giants advanced the field of medicine into what we have as today’s standard medical care, and perhaps we can learn what it will be like in the future. These esteemed experts learned from the past, made mistakes, exhibited amazing courage, and faced scientific — and sometimes — sacerdotal criticism. Their courage was amazing, as many were confronted with minacious, inauspicious, portentous, and unpropitious attacks against their ethics and accomplishments. However, they persisted and were able to develop verifiable data that others could independently substantiate and sometimes improve upon for the benefit of all humans. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)



Table of Contents



Chapter 1. From Childhood into Adolescence

Chapter 2. Adolescence Across the Ages: A Perpetual Paradox is Now a Precocious Paragon of Promethean Proportions

Section One: A Historical Review

Chapter 3. Perinatal and Neonatal Medicine: A Historical View

Chapter 4. Caring for the Newborn in the Past 300 Millennia?

Chapter 5. Immunizations

Chapter 6. Smallpox and Polio Vaccines

Chapter 7. Behavioral Pediatrics

Chapter 8. Mental and Holistic Health

Chapter 9. The Seeds of Pharmacology

Chapter 10. Pediatric Psychopharmacology

Chapter 11. Pediatric Dermatology

Chapter 12. Psychodermatology

Chapter 13. Historical Perspectives of the Pediatric Kidney

Chapter 14. From the Ancient Egyptian Heart and the Aristotelian Heart to the 20th Century Heart

Chapter 15. Substance Abuse in Adolescents and Young Adults

Chapter 16. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Motor Vehicle Accidents in Children and Adolescents: A Historically Delayed Realization

Section Two: Acknowledgements

Chapter 17. About the Authors

Chapter 18. About the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine (WMED), Kalamazoo, Michigan USA

Chapter 19. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Chapter 20. About Book Series “Public Health: Practices, Methods and Policies”

Section Four: Index

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