Home Books Medicine Becomes a Science

Medicine Becomes a Science
  • Authored by: Kate Kelly
  • From the Series: The History of Medicine
  • Trim Size: 6 x 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816072094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7209-5
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $40.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 01/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 610
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 184


Scientists did not know what made people sick only 150 years ago. There were many theories of how and why illness spread, but none of them were accurate. Though very primitive microscopes had permitted the examination of bacteria as early as the 1660s, it was not until the mid-19th century that bacteria's contribution to the spread of illness was understood. It was during this time that surgeons routinely examined patients in the morning and then performed surgeries in the afternoon—without wearing gloves or washing their hands first. Physician Ignaz Semmelweis made the connection between the lack of cleanliness and the spread of infection, which eventually drove Scottish physician Joseph Lister to push for greater sanitation in hospitals.

Medicine Becomes a Science provides readers with a solid grounding for understanding medicine today. Spanning 160 years, this volume offers illuminating information about medical knowledge, describing the historic events, scientific principles, and technical breakthroughs that have led to rapid advancement in combating disease. During this period, scientists and physicians finally realized the cause of disease, and with this discovery, medical progress began to go forward. Examining the works of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Louis Pasteur, and Robert Koch, this book features a chronology, a glossary, and an array of historical and current sources for further research.

Chapters include:

  • Medical Science Finally Advances
  • Women and Modern Medicine
  • Science Moves Forward in Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Advances in Medications
  • An Answer to Polio and Other Changes in Medicine
  • More Changes Brought About by War
  • The Science of the Heart
  • DNA Changes the Medical Knowledge Base.


Full-color photographs and line illustrations. Index. Glossary. Chronology. Sidebars. Print and Web resources. Tables and charts.  

About the Author(s)

Kate Kelly specializes in science, history, and medicine. She is the author of more than 30 books, including That's Not in My Science Book!, a layperson's guide to complex scientific concepts. Her recent medical collaborations have been on heart disease, macular degeneration, allergies, and asthma. She also speaks regularly at middle and high schools about the history of the American ballot box.

Reviews and Awards

"...highly engaging and readable. Students interested in a career in medicine or in history will enjoy this book...A solid and versatile resource."

School Library Journal

Title List Price Format Status Add to Wish List Add to Cart
Early Civilizations
$40.00 Hardcover In Stock Add to Wish List Add to Cart
Medicine Becomes a Science
$40.00 Hardcover In Stock Add to Wish List Add to Cart
The Middle Ages
$40.00 Hardcover In Stock Add to Wish List Add to Cart
The Scientific Revolution and Medicine
$40.00 Hardcover In Stock Add to Wish List Add to Cart

Standing Order Plan

A Standing Order Plan saves you both time and money without risking a penny of your acquisitions budget. The number of copies you indicate of each new title under the plan you select will automatically as the new edition becomes available. If, for any reason, you wish to cancel your subscription to the plan, please contact our Customer Service Department.

Standing Order Plan available for The World AlmanacĀ® for Kids:
Plan WK1 Single-title hardcover edition at 20% discount

You can use this order form (pdf) to sign up for any of our Standing Order Plans, or you can contact our Customer Service Department:

Email: custserv@factsonfile.com
Phone Number (toll-free): 1-800-322-8755
Fax Number (toll-free): 1-800-678-3633

FREE Learning Resources