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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...


Intellectual disability

by Patrick McDonagh, C. F. Goodey & Tim Stainton

This collection explores the historical origins of our modern concepts of intellectual or learning disability. The essays, from some of the leading historians of ideas of intellectual disability, focus on British...


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...


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...


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...


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...