The history of medicine a very short introduction william bynum very short introductions assesses the origins and development of medicine from ancient times through the scholastic medieval tradition and the enlightenment to the present day. W f bynum is professor emeritus of the history of medicine at the wellcome centre for the history of medicine at university college london he is the author of science and the practice of medicine in the nineteenth century and the oxford dictionary of scientific quotations 1994 he is a fellow of the royal college of physicians of london . While bynum is successful in providing a very short introduction to the history of medicine he is not so successful in sticking to the claims that he makes about his writing style he does not avoid presentism and whiggism as he said he would but the content was still good. The history of medicine a very short introduction assesses the origins and development of medicine from ancient times through the scholastic medieval tradition and the enlightenment to the present day a thematic approach is adopted with key turning points in medical history being examined such as the advent of hospitals and rise of experimental medicine
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