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Roy Porter (31 December 1946 to 3 March 2002) was a British historian noted for his work on the history of medicine. He grew up in South London and attended Wilson's grammar school in Camberwell. December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... A historian is a person who studies history. ... All human societies have medical beliefs that provide explanations for, and responses to, birth, death, and disease. ... South London is the area of Greater London south of the River Thames. ... Camberwell is a district of London in the London Borough of Southwark. ...


He won a scholarship to Christ's College, Cambridge, where he studied under J. H. Plumb. His contemporaries included Simon Schama and Andrew Wheatcroft. He achieved a double starred first and became a junior Fellow in 1968, studying under Robert M. Young. In 1972, he moved to Churchill College as a tutor of History, later becoming Dean. He received his doctorate in 1974, publishing a thesis on the history of geology. Christs College is a name shared by several educational establishments. ... The University of Cambridge (often called Cambridge University, or just Cambridge), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... Sir John Harold Plumb (1911 – 21 October 2001), known as Jack, was a British historian, known for his books on British eighteenth century history. ... Photo of Simon Schama by Robert Birnbaum Professor Simon Schama, MA (born February 1945) is University Professor in history and art history at Columbia University. ... A fellow in the broadest sense is someone who is an equal or a comrade. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Robert M. Young (born November 22, 1924 in New York) is an American multi-award winning screenwriter, director, cinematographer and producer. ... Full name Churchill College Motto Forward Named after Sir Winston Churchill Previous names - Established 1960 Sister College(s) Trinity College Master Sir John Boyd Location Storeys Way Undergraduates 440 Postgraduates 210 Homepage Boatclub Churchill College Main Entrance Churchill College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of... The Blue Marble: The famous photo of the Earth taken en route to the Moon by Apollo 17s Harrison Schmitt on December 7, 1972. ...


In 1979 he joined the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (part of the Wellcome Trust) as a lecturer. In 1993 he became Professor of Social History at the Institute. He retired in September 2001, and suffered a fatal heart attack five months later. New Wellcome Trust building on Euston Road The Wellcome Trust is a United Kingdom-based charity established in 1936 to administer the fortune of the American-born pharmaceutical magnate Sir Henry Wellcome. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


Porter wrote or edited over 100 books. In addition to the history of medicine and other sciences, he specialised in the social history of eighteenth-century Britain and the Enlightenment. He also wrote and lectured on the history of London. Å…Social history is an area of historical study considered by some to be a social science that attempts to view historical evidence from the point of view of developing social trends. ... The Age of Enlightenment refers to the 18th century in European philosophy, and is often thought of as part of a period which includes the Age of Reason. ... London is the capital city of England and of the United Kingdom, and is the most populous city in the European Union. ...


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Kenan Malik's review of 'The Greatest Benefit to Mankind' by Roy Porter (1670 words)
To understand the contradictory nature of contemporary medicine, Roy Porter suggests, we have to understand its historical context, to understand the evolution of the relationship between medicine and society.
Porter begins his medical odyssey in ancient Greece with the first attempts to replace supernatural with naturalistic explanations for disease and illness.
The history of medicine, Porter writes, can only be understood as 'The symbiosis of disease with society, the dialectic of challenge and adaptation, success and failure.' One may not always agree with Porter's answers to the dilemmas facing contemporary medicine, but his magnificent book nudges us towards asking the right questions.
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