Das Medizin-Buch

Big Ideas – Einfach erklärt

Das Medizin-Buch (DK)

What’s special?

From its Big Ideas series: Dorling Kindersley aims at the big ideas. Which is, in this case, medicine.


Like the other Big Ideas works, this comprehensive nonfiction book approaches its topic, medicine, from two perspectives: chronologically and thematically.


This means that the structure does not only follow epochs, such as ancient and medieval medicine (prehistory to 1600) or cells and microbes (1820–1890), but it also uses the epochs as kind of superordinate chapters. These superordinate chapters contain short (four double page maximum) subchapters, which cover a single topic an its historical development, for example, cellular pathology or dialysis.


For each topic (the book contains hundreds of them), there is one key person introduced, which made a seminal contribution to this achievement or invention. For example, you will learn how Andreas Vesalius in the 16th century revolutionized the idea of the structure of the body, which was prevalent until the modern age, by precisely describing the human anatomy, or how Casimir Funk founded vitamin research in the 20th century.


What is really special for this Big Ideas series, and, of course for the Medizin-Buch, is its humanizing apprach.  Each subchapter focuses on the motivation, actions, and work of the key person. In addition, the book is peppered with quotations from relevant people. This goes so far that each subchapter has a quote as its heading: the subchapter on X-rays is introduced by Konrad Röntgen’s words about “the darker shadows of the hand bones”.


With this book, readers will see what connects with what and why.


Steve Parker, John Farndon, Tim Harris, Ben Hubbard, Philip Parker, Robert Snedden. Translation: Dr. Roswitha Harrer.



Dorling Kindersley Verlag GmbH


Location & year

München 2022




This book is a translation from “Big Ideas: Medicine”, Dorling Kindersley,

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