Book Review: ‘Miracles in Medicine’ by Roopa Pai

Unraveling 2,500 Years of Medical Innovation

Book Title: Miracles in Medicine: Life-changing Medical Ideas and Inventions Across the Ages
Author: Roopa Pai
Publisher: Hachette India
Number of Pages: 344
ISBN: 978-9357317467
Date Published: Apr. 24, 2024
Price: INR 334

Miracles in Medicine by Roopa Pai Book Cover

Book Review

Roopa Pai, a Bengaluru-based writer, columnist, and speaker, is one of India’s most renowned children’s authors. Her books, many of which are bestsellers, captivate both children and adults alike. In her latest work, “Miracles in Medicine: Life-changing Medical Ideas and Inventions across the Ages,” she plants the seeds of knowledge by intertwining history and facts, celebrating 2,500 years of medical innovation. The book is filled with fascinating stories, insights, and illustrations, honoring the brilliant minds who have unraveled the secrets of the human body and the natural world, allowing us to live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

The history of medicine is a fascinating field that examines the evolution of medical knowledge, treatments, and practices over time, drawing insights from disciplines like economics, sociology, politics, and health sciences. Medical historians aim to understand the social systems, institutions, and individuals that have shaped medicine from prehistoric times to the present day. The book by author Roopa Pai showcases the interplay between health, illness, and societal developments across different periods. Medicine has been practiced since ancient times, often intertwined with religious and philosophical beliefs. With the advent of modern science, medicine has evolved into a blend of art and science, with traditional and folk practices still prevalent.

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The book is structured into chapters titled ‘Idea 1,’ ‘Idea 2,’ and so on, up to ‘Idea 25,’ with these ideas organized into four sections. Each section corresponds to a specific time period, ranging from 1600 BCE to the present day. Written in an accessible language, these chapters help young readers grasp the evolution of medical concepts throughout human history sensibly and engagingly. The book includes illustrations of notable figures in medicine from various cultures, including ancient India, Greece, Arabia, and Europe, making the historical context more relatable and intriguing.

Additionally, “Miracles in Medicine” features other illustrations and tables designed to simplify complex facts for young readers. These visual aids not only enhance comprehension but also make learning about medical history more enjoyable. Through this book, Roopa Pai successfully bridges the gap between past and present, offering a comprehensive and captivating journey through the milestones of medical science.

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