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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...


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...


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...


A Spirit of Charity: Restoring the Bond between America and Its Public Hospitals

by Mike King & Arthur L. Caplan

'Any effort at health care reform must first understand the essential role of public hospitals, which is what makes A Spirit of Charity required reading for policy makers and health advocates alike.' - Otis...


In the Bonesetter's Waiting Room: Travels Through Indian Medicine

by Aarathi Prasad

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

India defies definition, and the story of medicine in India is similarly rich and complex: shaped by unique challenges and opportunities, uniting cutting-edge technological developments...


A Royal Patient: Young Doctor Axel Munthe and Crown Princecss Victoria of Sweden-Norway

by Ingar Palmlund

A story about a young man who goes out into the world, meets trials, and finds a princess — so what’s new?

The young man is adventurous Axel Munthe from Stockholm, Sweden, desiring to become a doctor and...


The Finest Traditions of My Calling: One Physician's Search for the Renewal of Medicine

by Abraham M. Nussbaum

Patients and doctors alike are keenly aware that the medical world is in the midst of great change. We live in an era of continuous healthcare reforms, many of which focus on high volume, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness....


Life and Limb

Medical Cultures of the Early Modern Spanish Empire

by John Slater & Maríaluz López-Terrada

Early modern Spain was a global empire in which a startling variety of medical cultures came into contact, and occasionally conflict, with one another. Spanish soldiers, ambassadors, missionaries, sailors, and...