February 1965

Ancient and Medieval Science: Vol I. A History of Science.

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Edited by Rene Taton. Price, $17.50. Pp 551, with 53 illustrations. Basic Books Publishers, 404 Park Ave S, New York 10016, 1964.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(2):254-255. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860140134041

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The history of science represents a fastgrowing discipline. Unfortunately, the areas of science are fragmented and are not comprehensively surveyed. This volume is the first of a four-volume series which will examine the entire history of science. The purpose of these volumes is to demonstrate the common bond between the growth of science and the cultural life of mankind. This monumental work was originally published in French, and it has now been translated into English.

This volume covers the period from the earliest millenia to the Middle Ages. The remarkable scientific contributions of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Israel, India, and China are succinctly described and compared. This exciting period is graphically re-created. The magnificent achievements of Greece and its brilliant development are extinguished by the barbarian invasions of the Roman Empire. Pre-Columbia America, Islamic conquests, medieval China, India, Byzantium, and the Christian West suddenly illuminated the dark abyss which followed the

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