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History of Clinical Medicine

  1. DJ Weatherall

Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003087



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Weatherall, D. 2008. History of Clinical Medicine. eLS. .

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  1. University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford, UK

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  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

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The history of clinical medicine reflects the slow evolution of the application of the biological sciences to the control and management of human disease. However, despite the remarkable advances in these fields in the latter half of the twentieth century, because of the multilayered complexities of disease processes and the ever changing environments of sick people, clinical medicine still remains very much a mix of applied science and the art of healing.


  • Greco-Roman medicine;
  • Islamic medicine;
  • Communicable disease;
  • Public health;
  • Epidemiology;
  • Genomics and medicine