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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...


Fit to Practice

by Douglas M. Haynes

Fit to Practice proposes a new narrative of the making of the modern British medical profession, situating it in relation to the imperatives and tensions of national and imperial interests. Thenarrative is interwoven...


Medicine, mobility and the empire

by Markku Hokkanen

David Livingstone's Zambesi expedition marked the beginning of an ongoing series of medical exchanges between the British and Malawians. This book explores these entangled histories by placing medicine in the...


Revolutionary Conceptions

by Susan E. Klepp

In the Age of Revolution, how did American women conceive their lives and marital obligations? By examining the attitudes and behaviors surrounding the contentious issues of family, contraception, abortion,...


Engineering Health

by Lara Marks

Biotechnology harnesses cellular and biochemical systems to advance knowledge of the molecular cause of disease and to provide new diagnostic tools and more precisely targeted drugs. Within a decade, global...


Medicalizing Blackness

by Rana A. Hogarth

In 1748, as yellow fever raged in Charleston, South Carolina, doctor John Lining remarked, "There is something very singular in the constitution of the Negroes, which renders them not liable to this fever."...


Medical Misadventure in an Age of Professionalisation, 1780-1890

by Alannah Tomkins

This book looks at medical professionalisation from a new perspective, one of failure rather than success. It questions the existing picture of broad and rising medical prosperity across the nineteenth century...


Conserving health in early modern culture

by Ssandra Cavallo & Tessa Storey

Did early modern people care about their health? And what did it mean to lead a healthy life in Italy and England? Through a range of textual evidence, images and material artefacts Conserving health in early...


The Handy Diabetes Answer Book

by Patricia Barnes-Svarney & Thomas E. Svarney

A primer on the metabolic disease that leads to high blood sugars, its history, and how to prevent, control and treat it. Answers, in plain English, to nearly 950 questions from basic science and medicine behind...


Leprosy and colonialism:

by Stephen Snelders

Leprosy and colonialism investigates the history of leprosy in Suriname within the context of Dutch colonial power and racial conflict, from the plantation economy and the age of slavery to its legacy in the...


Malleable Anatomies

by Lucia Dacome

Malleable Anatomies offers an account of the early stages of the practice of anatomical modelling in mid-eighteenth-century Italy. It investigates the 'mania' for anatomical displays that swept the Italian peninsula,...


Technological Change in Modern Surgery: Historical Perspectives on Innovation

by Thomas Schlich & Christopher Crenner

Surgery is an ideal field for examining the processes of technological change in medicine. The contributors to this book go beyond the concept of innovation, with its focus on a single technology andits sharp...


Rethinking Modern Prostheses in Anglo-American Commodity Cultures, 1820-1939

by Claire L. Jones

This book explores the development of modern transatlantic prosthetic industries in nineteenth and twentieth centuries and reveals how the co-alignment of medicine, industrial capitalism, and social norms shaped...


The Homespun Origins of Vaccination

by Patrick Pead

If you think you know how vaccination began - think again - because its dawn is clouded in myth and misrepresentation. Not a ‘discovery or an ‘invention’, vaccination was a development of what had gone...


Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry IV

by Kenneth S. Kendler & Josef Parnas

The revisions of both DSM-IV and ICD-10 have again focused the interest of the field of psychiatry and clinical psychology on the issue of nosology. This interest has been further heightened by a series of controversies...


The Religion of Chiropractic

by Holly Folk

Chiropractic is by far the most common form of alternative medicine in the United States today, but its fascinating origins stretch back to the battles between science and religion in the nineteenth century....


Doctors at War

by Mark de Rond & Chris Hedges

Doctors at War is a candid account of a trauma surgical team based, for a tour of duty, at a field hospital in Helmand, Afghanistan. Mark de Rond tells of the highs and lows of surgical life in hard-hitting...


Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine

by Tom Solomon

Most people know Roald Dahl as a famous writer of children's books and adult short stories, but few are aware of his fascination with medicine. Right from his earliest days to the end of his life, Dahl was intrigued...


The politics of vaccination

by Christine Homberg, Stuart Blume & Paul Greenough

Mass vaccination campaigns are political projects that presume to protect individuals, communities, and societies. Like other pervasive expressions of state power - taxing, policing, conscripting - mass vaccination...


Witchcraft as a Social Diagnosis

by Roxane Richter, Thomas Flowers & Elias Bongmba

This interdisciplinary manuscript examines one nonprofit’s five years of medical outreach in the condemned witches village of Gnani in Ghana, focusing on the clashes between traditional Ghanaian beliefs, African...