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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...

The Danger Within Us: America's Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man's Battle to Survive It

by Jeanne Lenzer

"Before you get anything implanted in your body, read this book." - Shannon Brownlee, author of Overtreated

Did you know...

- Medical interventions have become the third leading cause of death in America.

- An...


by Kate Cole-Adams

  • For fans of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s first-person approach to medical history, as well as fans of Oliver Sachs' HALLUCINATIONS or Carl Zimmer's SOUL MADE FLESH
  • In Kate Cole-Adams’ deft and intimate narrative...

  • 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...

    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...

    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 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....