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Making Space for the Dead

by Erin-Marie Legacey

The dead of Paris, before the French Revolution, were most often consigned to mass graveyards that contemporaries described as terrible and terrifying, emitting "putrid miasmas" that were a threat to both health...

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...

The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840–1880

by Wendy Gonaver

Though the origins of asylums can be traced to Europe, the systematic segregation of the mentally ill into specialized institutions occurred in the Unites States only after 1800, just as the struggle to end...

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...


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....

Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century

by Rebecca Anne Barr, Sylvie Kleiman-Lafton & Sophie Vasset

This collection of essays seeks to challenge the notion of the supremacy of the brain as the key organ of the Enlightenment, by focusing on the workings of the bowels and viscera that so obsessed writers and...

Under the Knife

by Arnold van de Laar, Laproscopic surgeon

Surgeon Arnold van de Laar uses his own experience and expertise to tell this engrossing history of surgery through 28 famous operations—from Louis XIV and Einstein to JFK and Houdini.

From the story of the...

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...

Pandemic 1918

by Catharine Arnold

Before AIDS or Ebola, there was the Spanish Flu — Catharine Arnold's gripping narrative, Pandemic 1918, marks the 100th anniversary of an epidemic that altered world history.

In January 1918, as World War I...

Negotiating Nursing

by Jane Brooks

Negotiating Nursing explores how the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Q.A.s) salvaged their soldier-patients within the sensitive gender negotiations of what should and could constitute nursing...

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...

Sickness, medical welfare and the English poor, 1750-1834

by Steven King

At the core of this book are three central contentions: That medical welfare became the totemic function of the Old Poor Law in its last few decades; that the poor themselves were able to negotiate this medical...


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...

The Royal Art of Poison

by Eleanor Herman

One of Washington Independent Review of Books' 50 Favorite Books of 2018 • A Buzzfeed Best Book of 2018

"Morbidly witty." —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

"You’ll be as appalled at times as you are entertained."...

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...

Mediterranean quarantines, 1750-1914

by John Chircop & Francisco Javier Martínez

Mediterranean quarantines investigates how quarantine, the centuries-old practice of collective defence against epidemics, experienced significant transformations from the eighteenth century in the Mediterranean...

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...