Ardmore, PA (Vocus) November 2, 2010
Before the age of modern medicine, mankind relied on different ways of curing sickness. Author Zachary B. Friedenberg once again stirs the publishing world as he meticulously probes into the truth about enchantment, religion, and science in Magic, Miracles, And Medicine, his new book made available through Xlibris.
Miracles, Magic, And Medicine is a study of medical frustration—the inability of the physician to dispense medicine that worked. Hundreds of biological medications were prescribed but no more than five or six actually improved the patient’s condition. As a result, patients turned to miracles, magicians, witch doctors, astrology, and the church. For almost a thousand years, the church’s answer to disease was prayer; angels, and demons lurked everywhere. The Antichrist, on the other hand, practiced witchcraft and sorcery, and soothsayers predicted the future. Flagellation was practiced, and magician with their smoke and mirrors, held sway. Among the Romans, cabbage was the cure for all disorders, and eating the herb dittany could extract an arrow. It was only with the age of science that effective medications were discovered.
Today, we are dependent upon scientific medicine. When it fails, we revert and follow the course of our ancestors, appealing to a higher, more powerful physician, looking for a miraculous or magical solution.
Backed with in-depth study and fascinating insights, Miracles, Magic, And Medicine takes readers on a long journey from ancient times through many cultures and stops to observe the miracles and magic used to relieve suffering. Many cultures were bypassed, but the reader will note that there is a continuity of concept in each culture. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to Xlibris.com.
About the Author
Zachary Friedenberg has lived a varied and adventurous life. After graduating from medical school, he served in World War II as a surgeon in an advanced field hospital in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany and participated in three D-day landings. After his military experience, he joined the staff of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he attained the rank of full professor. His interests were teaching and research. Among other accomplishments, he became a scuba diver and filmed undersea life throughout the world and was also a world traveler, particularly in the Middle East and Asia. He has published numerous books on medical history, including The Doctor in Colonial America, Medicine Under Sail, and Hospital at War—which described his experiences in a field hospital just behind the front. His last book was Surgery Over the Centuries.
Magic, Miracles, And Medicine * Zachary B. Friedenberg, MD
Publication Date: October 19, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 174 pages; 978-1-4535-8031-8
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 174 pages; 978-1-4535-8032-5
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-8033-2
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