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History of the Stethoscope

by Samuel Hart & Samuel Wilks

This book treats of the origin and evolution of the Stethoscope.

Instead of placing on the table every imaginary form of stethoscope manufactured out of every possible material gathered from the shops of the...


Madness in the City of Magnificent Intentions

by Martin Summers

From the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth centuries, Saint Elizabeths Hospital was one of the United States' most important institutions for the care and treatment of the mentally ill. Founded in 1855 to...


Twelve Essays on Winnicott

by Amal Treacher Kabesh

One of Britain's leading psychoanalysts and pediatricians, Donald Woods Winnicott (1896 - 1971) was the creative mind behind some of the most enduring theories of the child and of child, adolescent and adult...


Coming Home

by Wendy Kline

By the mid-twentieth century, two things appeared destined for extinction in the United States: the practice of home birth and the profession of midwifery. In 1940, close to half of all U.S. births took place...


Health

by Peter Adamson

From antiquity to the early modern period, many philosophers also studied anatomy and medicine, or were medical doctors themselves -- yet the history of philosophy and of medicine are pursued as separate disciplines....


From Asylum to Prison

by Anne E. Parsons

To many, asylums are a relic of a bygone era. State governments took steps between 1950 and 1990 to minimize the involuntary confinement of people in psychiatric hospitals, and many mental health facilities...


Smoking under the Tsars

by Tricia Starks

Approaching tobacco from the perspective of users, producers, and objectors, Smoking under the Tsars provides an unparalleled view of Russia’s early adoption of smoking. Tricia Starks introduces us to the...


Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness

by Thomas Cowan & Sally Fallon Morell

One Doctor’s Surprising Answer to the Epidemic of Autoimmunity and Chronic Disease

Over the past fifty years, rates of autoimmunity and chronic disease have exploded: currently 1 in 2.5 American children has...


Civilization and Disease

by Henry E. Sigerist & Elizabeth Fee

Originally published in 1943, Civilization and Disease was based on a series of lectures that the medical historian Henry E. Sigerist delivered at Cornell University in 1940. Now back in print, the book is a...


Polio

by Thomas Abraham

In 1988, the World Health Organization launched a twelve-year campaign to wipe out polio. Thirty years and several billion dollars over budget later, the campaign grinds on, vaccinating millions of children...


That Jealous Demon, My Wretched Health

by Jonathan Noble

The health - and especially deaths - of composers excite controversy. Was Mozart really poisoned? Did Tchaikovsky commit suicide? How did Beethoven lose his hearing? Much good previous scholarship hasbeen sullied...


Psychedelic Revolutionaries

by P.W. Barber

“Psychedelic Revolutionaries is not only beautifully written—it is timely. We are in the midst of a rebirth in interest in the psychedelic group of drugs with increasingly strong research evidence for their...


Miracles and Medicine

by Andrew D. White

Nothing in the evolution of human thought appears more inevitable than the idea of supernatural intervention in producing and curing disease. The causes of disease are so intricate that they are reached only...


Epidemics

by Cohn Jr.

By investigating thousands of descriptions of epidemics reaching back before the fifth-century-BCE Plague of Athens to the distrust and violence that erupted with Ebola in 2014, Epidemics challenges a dominant...


Diagnosing the Legacy

by Larry Krotz, Frances Desjarlais, Elizabeth Sellers & Michael Moffatt et al.

In the late 1980s, pediatric endocrinologists at the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg began to notice a new cohort appearing in their clinics for young people with diabetes. Indigenous youngsters from two First...


A Family History of Illness

by Brett L. Walker

While in the ICU with a near-fatal case of pneumonia, Brett Walker was asked, �Do you have a family history of illness?��a standard and deceptively simple question that for Walker, a professional historian,...


Lelamour Herbal (MS Sloane 5, ff. 13r–57r)

by David Moreno Olalla

One of the three most important medical herbals composed in Middle English, both in terms of physical length and for the number of species treated, and regularly quoted not only by the editors of the Oxford...


Tabiyat

by Farokh Erach Udwadia

This book, aptly titled ‘Tabiyat’ which translates to ‘health’, ‘nature’, ‘temperament’ or ‘disposition’, is a collection of nine masterly and thought-provoking essays which explore some...


Choreomania

by Kélina Gotman

When political protest is read as epidemic madness, religious ecstasy as nervous disease, and angular dance moves as dark and uncouth, the 'disorder' being described is choreomania. At once a catchall term to...


Locating the Medical

by Rohan Deb Roy & Guy N.A. Attewell

This volume interrogates the foundational categories that have come to define medical science in modern South Asia. It seeks to probe issues such as what constitutes the ‘medical’, in which context, and...