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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic TitleAmong his many accomplishments, Benjamin Franklin was instrumental in founding the first major civilian hospital and medical school and in the American colonies. He studied the efficacy of smallpox inoculation and investigated the causes of the common cold. His inventions--including bifocal lenses and a "long arm"Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic TitleAmong his many accomplishments, Benjamin Franklin was instrumental in founding the first major civilian hospital and medical school and in the American colonies. He studied the efficacy of smallpox inoculation and investigated the causes of the common cold. His inventions--including bifocal lenses and a "long arm" that extended the user's reach--made life easier for the aged and afflicted. In Doctor Franklin's Medicine, Stanley Finger uncovers the instrumental role that this scientist, inventor, publisher, and statesman played in the development of the healing arts--enhancing preventive and bedside medicine, hospital care, and even personal hygiene in ways that changed the face of medical care in both America and Europe.As Finger shows, Franklin approached medicine in the spirit of the Enlightenment and with the mindset of an experimental natural philosopher, seeking cures for diseases and methods of alleviating symptoms of illnesses. He was one of the first people to try to use electrical shocks to help treat paralytic strokes and hysteria, and even suggested applying shocks to the head to treat depressive disorders. He also strove to topple one of the greatest fads in eighteenth-century medicine: mesmerism.Doctor Franklin's Medicine looks at these and the many other contributions that Franklin made to the progress of medical knowledge, including a look at how Franklin approached his own chronic illnesses of painful gout and a large bladder stone. Written in accessible prose and filled with new information on the breadth of Franklin's interests and activities, Doctor Franklin's Medicine reveals the impressive medical legacy of this Founding Father....

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ISBN : 9780812239133
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 489 Pages
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  • Lissa Notreallywolf
    2018-11-29 23:40

    I liked this book because I had forgotten much of what I had learned about Ben Franklin outside of his electrical experiments and his printing press. This book is a fresh take, although it softly treds about some of Franklin's less moral moments-he frequent affairs and the mysterious letter dropped in London episode. Instead it concentrates on an aspect of Franklin left untouched by most American history-his role in establishing the first American hospital, and his publication and particiaption in medicine in American and abroad. We are reminded that Franklin was an ambassador, and helped refine the understanding of lead poisoning. This wasn't just an affliction of hatters, but also printers, sider drinkers, and vast amount of the populace who drank water from leaded rooves, drank leaded wine or cider, ate from lead glazed bowls or leaded pewterware, as well as many artisans. The book does an excellent overview of the effects and sources of lead and the concerted effort of governments to prevent occupational and consumer poisoning. It may have contributed to the level of gout and kidney/bladder stones so often encountered in these times. The book is helpful in changing the view that the colonies developed in a state of near isolation, and I found this to be very much in a similar catagory as Angelic Conjunctions (see my review).