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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 Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease

by Meredith Wadman

“Riveting . . . [The Vaccine Race] invites comparison with Rebecca Skloot's 2007 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”—Nature 

“This is a story about the war against disease—a war without end—and...


A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities

Scurvy: The Disease of Discovery

by Jonathan Lamb

Scurvy, a disease often associated with long stretches of maritime travel, generated sensations exceeding the standard of what was normal. Eyes dazzled, skin was morbidly sensitive, emotions veered between disgust...


Out in the Rural

Pandemics: A Very Short Introduction

Psychiatry and Racial Liberalism in Harlem, 1936-1968

by Dennis A. Doyle

Toward the middle of the twentieth century, African Americans in New York City began to receive increased access to mental health care in some facilities within the city's mental health system. This study documents...


Infertility

by Robin E. Jensen

This book explores the arguments, appeals, and narratives that have defined the meaning of infertility in the modern history of the United States and Europe.

Throughout the last century, the inability of women...


Black November: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in New Zealand

by Geoffrey Rice

This book details New Zealand's worst public health crisis, and its worst natural disaster: over 8,500 New Zealanders died from influenza and pneumonia in just six weeks. Nearly a quarter of the victims were...


Henri de Rothschild, 1872-1947: Medicine and Theater

by Harry W. Paul

Dr Henri de Rothschild was a fifth generation Rothschild and perhaps the most famous of the Paris Rothschilds of the fin-de-siècle period. A 'sleeping partner' of the bank and the non-drinking owner of Mouton-Rothschild,...


Melancholy and the Care of the Soul: Religion, Moral Philosophy and Madness in Early Modern England

by Jeremy Schmidt

Melancholy is rightly taken to be a central topic of concern in early modern culture, and it continues to generate scholarly interest among historians of medicine, literature, psychiatry and religion. This book...


The Anatomical Renaissance: The Resurrection of the Anatomical Projects of the Ancients

by Andrew Cunningham

The central proposition of this book is that the great anatomists of the Renaissance, from Vesalius to Fabricius and Harvey - the forebears of modern scientific biology and medicine - consciously resurrected...


A Plague on All Our Houses: Medical Intrigue, Hollywood, and the Discovery of AIDS

by MD Bruce J. Hillman

The medical detective story of Dr. Michael Gottlieb’s discovery of AIDS, his struggle with the medical establishment, and the temptations of Hollywood


Sir Charles Bell

The Enlightenment of Thomas Beddoes: Science, medicine, and reform

by Trevor Levere, Larry Stewart & Hugh Torrens

Thomas Beddoes (1760-1808) lived in 'decidedly interesting times' in which established orders in politics and science were challenged by revolutionary new ideas. Enthusiastically participating in the heady atmosphere...


The Story of Anaesthesia - A Classic Article on the History of Medicine

by Howard W. Haggard

This book contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and relevance to a modern audience. Each publication has been professionally...


The World of Plants in Renaissance Tuscany: Medicine and Botany

by Cristina Bellorini

In the sixteenth century medicinal plants, which until then had been the monopoly of apothecaries, became a major topic of investigation in the medical faculties of Italian universities, where they were observed,...


This Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil

A Census of Greek Medical Manuscripts: From Byzantium to the Renaissance

by Alain Touwaide

Manuscripts containing Greek medical texts were inventoried by author and work at the beginning of the 20th century by a group of philologists under the direction of Hermann Diels. Useful as it was - and will...