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A History of Medicine in 50 Discoveries (History in 50)

by Gale Eaton, Phillip Hoose & Marguerite Vigliani

Vigliani and Eaton’s high-interest exploration of medicine begins in prehistory. The 5,000-year-old Iceman discovered frozen in the Alps may have treated his gallstones, Lyme disease, and hardening of the...


The Butchering Art

by Lindsey Fitzharris

"Warning: She spares no detail!" —Erik Larson, bestselling author of Dead Wake

A Top 10 Science Book of Fall 2017, Publishers Weekly

"Fascinating and shocking." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The gripping...


The Apothecary (Ancient and Modern) of the Society, London, Blackfriars

by George Corfe

This vintage book contains a history of the Society of Apothecaries of the City of London, first published in 1885. The Society of Apothecaries was incorporated as a City Livery Company by royal charter from...


Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

by Lydia Kang & Nate Pedersen

What won’t we try in our quest for perfect health, beauty, and the fountain of youth?

Well, just imagine a time when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants. When liquefied gold was touted as immortality...


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 Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek

by Howard Markel

"What's more American than Corn Flakes?" —Bing Crosby

From the much admired medical historian (“Markel shows just how compelling the medical history can be”—Andrea Barrett) and author of An Anatomy of...


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...


Recollections of a Civil War Medical Cadet: Burt Green Wilder

by Richard M. Reid

In July 1862, Burt Green Wilder left Boston to join Dr. Francis Brown, a surgeon working at Judiciary Square Hospital, one of the new army pavilion hospitals in Washington, D.C. Wilder had just finished his...


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...


A Legacy of Lessons Learned: Landstuhi Regional Medical Center During Wartime, 2001-2014: Landstuhi Regional Medical  Center During Wartime, 2001-2014

by Karen Hennessy & Borden Institute

Excerpt from A Legacy of Lessons Learned: Landstuhl Regional Medical Center During Wartime, 2001-2014:

For over 25 years, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) has served as a model of “selfless service,”...


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,...


The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise Of A Sovereign Profession And The Making Of A Vast Industry

by Paul Starr

Winner of the Bancroft PrizeWinner of the C. Wright Mills Award

Considered the definitive history of the American healthcare system, The Social Transformation of American Medicine examines how the roles of doctors,...


Harmony in Healing: The Theoretical Basis of Ancient and Medieval Medicine

by James Garber

Medicine and astronomy are the oldest of all the sciences. They appear at first glance to be the original odd couple. Their union gave birth to a progeny that populated the Western world for more than two millennia....


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...


Miracle Cure: The Creation of Antibiotics and the Birth of Modern Medicine

by William Rosen

The epic history of how antibiotics were born, saving millions of lives and creating a vast new industry known as Big Pharma.

As late as the 1930s, virtually no drug intended for sickness did any good; doctors...


Spare Parts: Organ Replacement in American Society

by Renee C. Fox

Spare Parts examines major developments in the field of organ replacement that occurred in the United States over the course of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s. It focuses upon significant medical and...


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...


Cancer, Radiation Therapy, and the Market

by Barbara Bridgman Perkins

Appraising cancer as a major medical market in the 2010s, Wall Street investors placed their bets on single-technology treatment facilities costing $100-$300 million each. Critics inside medicine called the...