ABOUT THIS BOOK
This book is designed for those who want to make informed decisions about a career in medicine, for scientists without medical training and for lay readers interested in the theory and practice of medicine. Written by a distinguished teacher and practitioner, its aim is to convey the spirit of medicine, not its detailed practice; to discuss the significant progress of general medicine in the last fifty years and to define the twin aims of preserving health and combating illness.
Invitation to Medicine discusses the central features of contemporary medicine: relevant basic science and patterns of disease processes, as well as the way doctors work in practice. It is a revealing and inspiring invitation.
Sir Douglas Black is Chairman of the Board of Science and Education of the British Medical Association. He is the author of Essentials of Fluid Balance (1967), The Logic of Medicine (1968) and An Anthology of False Antitheses (1984). He also edited Renal Disease (1979).
Cover illustration: Three doctors attending a plague patient from “Das buch zu distillieren die zusamen gethonen ding Composita genant, durch die eintzige dingo … ” by Hieronymus Brunschwig. Strasbourg. 1519. Cover design by Miller, Craig & Cocking Design Partnership.