The Best Books on What Medicine Should Be

June, 28, 2022 | 4 Comments


  1.  – and vice versa …

    Forgotten Books

    Forgotten Books Classic Reprint Series utilises the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings.

    Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the quality of the aged text.

    A Sketch of the Life of Elizabeth T. Stone, and of her Persecutions

    With an Appendix of Her Treatment and Sufferings While in the Charlestown McLean Asylum, Where She Was Confined Under the Pretence of Insanity


    Elizabeth T. Stone


    This small and little gem of a book has 42 pages with tiny print as Elizabeth takes us through her story in her language of the time and fits nicely in to ‘how medicine should be’ as she takes us through her journey where she completely understands all the injustices that came her way and in her descriptions is so keen to tell and warn and it is all credit to her lamentations that she succeeds in how it should have been.

    “that some powerful mineral medicine had been given to me, which had injured me, that I had been cruelly deceived. She described the medicine to be pills and a liquid, very dark and some colored resembling saffron; that it had injured my brain, and it had never ought to be given to me; and I had been injured by unkind treatment;

    “In conclusion, before this work is attributed to insanity why will not the public demand an examination of the affairs and management of the McLean Asylum, and see whether my charges be true or false.”

    In the spirit of Elizabeth, GSK has a new Logo

    …… and still feel warm and human”

     “shape environments that suit all users”, Wolff Olins adds.

    “End of an Era’”

    The GlaxoSmithKline or GSK logo, similar to that of Pfizer, comprises of a medicine tablet. Another theory states that the emblem actually symbolizes a heart with the company’s name inside the intimate, healthy glow of an orange palette, expressing the company’s care and love for its customers.

    ‘Hopefully this won’t confuse too many people’

    The Shapeshifters…

      • Hi Ana,

        Nice to meet you here, in the best possible way.

        Do you like the Sound of Elizabeth, and is it a book you would buy?

        Do you have a favourite book of your own, that impressed you?

        We are in amazing company.

        Best wishes,

  2. Hilary Mantel

    Giving up the Ghost

    Giving up the Ghost offers to strangers and friends, and to her mother, the account of a life haunted by illness and medical incompetence, written in words that never fail her. She describes ‘an unlit terrain of sickness, a featureless landscape of humiliation and loss’.

    Endometriosis is a condition in which cells migrate from the lining of the womb to other parts of the body: bladder, bowel, pelvis or even, in rare cases, to heart, chest wall and head. They bleed and scar tissue is formed. It is a condition that often ends in infertility and ‘not infrequently a hormonal disarrangement which shows itself as a severe premenstrual symptom’.

    Mantel was 19 when it took hold. She was sent to a psychiatrist who diagnosed overambition. Anti-psychotic medication brought on counterfeit madness – akathisia – a terrifying side-effect. Mantel writes: ‘By the time I was 24, I had learned the hard way that whatever my mental distress – and it does distress one to be ignored, invalidated and humiliated – I must never, ever go near a psychiatrist or take a psychotropic drug.’

    she acquired a persistent pain that led to destructive drugs and patronizing psychiatry,

    Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall trilogy, dies aged 70

    Dame Hilary Mantel won the Booker Prize for Wolf Hall, and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. The conclusion to the trilogy, Mirror and the Light, was published in 2020 and was an instant number one fiction best-seller.

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