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Another Person's Poison: A History of Food Allergy

by Matthew Smith

To some, food allergies seem like fabricated cries for attention. For others, they pose a dangerous health threat. Food allergies are bound up with so many personal and ideological concerns that it is difficult...


Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture

by Louise Penner & Tabitha Sparks

This collection of essays explores the rise of scientific medicine and its impact on Victorian popular culture. Chapters include an examination of Dickens's involvement with hospital funding, concerns over milk...


Stress in Post-War Britain, 1945-85

by Mark Jackson

In the years following World War II the health and well-being of the nation was of primary concern to the British government. The essays in this collection examine the relationship between health and stress...


The Black Death

by Justus Friedrich Karl Hecker

That Omnipotence which has called the world with all its living creatures into one animated being, especially reveals Himself in the desolation of great pestilences. The powers of creation come into violent...


The Dancing Mania

by Justus Friedrich Karl Hecker

The effects of the Black Death had not yet subsided, and the graves of millions of its victims were scarcely closed, when a strange delusion arose in Germany, which took possession of the minds of men, and,...


The Anatomist, the Barber-Surgeon, and the King: How the Accidental Death of Henry II of France Changed the World

by Seymour I. Schwartz

This unique study examines a critical juncture in the history of the Renaissance brought about by a freak accident. Combining both a history of sixteenth-century medicine and European politics, the author describes...


Medicine, Trade and Empire: Garcia de Orta's Colloquies on the Simples and Drugs of India (1563) in Context

by Palmira, Professor Fontes da Costa, Andrew, Dr Cunningham & Ole Peter, Professor Grell

Garcia de Orta’s Colloquies on the Simples and Drugs of India (1563) was one of the first books to take advantage of the close relationship between medicine, trade and empire in the early modern period. The...


The British Pharmacopoeia, 1864 to 2014: Medicines, International Standards and the State

by Anthony C. Cartwright

The British Pharmacopoeia has provided official standards for the quality of substances, medicinal products and articles used in medicine since its first publication in 1864. It is used in over 100 countries...


The Afterlives of the Psychiatric Asylum: Recycling Concepts, Sites and Memories

by Graham Moon & Robin Kearns

The last 40 years has seen a significant shift from state commitment to asylum-based mental health care to a mixed economy of care in a variety of locations. In the wake of this deinstitutionalisation, attention...


The Development of Scientific Marketing in the Twentieth Century: Research for Sales in the Pharmaceutical Industry

by Jean-Paul Gaudillière & Ulrike Thoms

The global pharmaceutical industry is currently estimated to be worth $1 trillion. Contributors chart the rise of scientific marketing within the industry from 1920-1980. This is the first comprehensive study...


AIDS Between Science and Politics

by Peter Piot & Laurence Garey

Peter Piot, founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), recounts his experience as a clinician, scientist, and activist fighting the disease from its earliest manifestation...


Keep Out of Reach of Children: Reye's Syndrome, Aspirin, and the Politics of Public Health

by Mark A. Largent

A modern medical mystery about an illness that ravaged healthy children, changed policy, and vanished before a cause was found


Anatomy and Anatomists in Early Modern Spain

by Bjørn Okholm Skaarup

Taking the Vesalian anatomical revolution as its point of departure, this volume charts the apparent rise and fall of anatomy studies within universities in sixteenth-century Spain, focusing particularly on...


Sanitation, Latrines and Intestinal Parasites in Past Populations

by Piers D. Mitchell

This book brings together experts from around the world to explore how sanitation affected our ancestors. By its end, readers will realise that toilets were in use in ancient Mesopotamia even before the invention...


Victims and Survivors of Nazi Human Experiments: Science and Suffering in the Holocaust

by Paul Weindling

While the coerced human experiments are notorious among all the atrocities under National Socialism, they have been marginalised by mainstream historians. This book seeks to remedy the marginalisation, and to...


The First Balloon-Expandable Coronary Stent: An Expedition That Changed Cardiovascular Medicine

by Gary S. Roubin

The premise of this intriguing book is technical innovation and scientific development. It is about coronary and vascular stenting, a technique that has improved the plight of patients who have unfortunately...


Medicine in Mexico: From Aztec Herbs to Betatrons

by Gordon Schendel & José|Bustamante, Migu Álvarez Amézquita

A witch doctor casting an evil spell in a steaming jungle village; a young medical-school graduate cleaning a machete wound in a rat-infested thatched hut; a world-renowned scientist doing research in Mexico...


Complaints, Controversies and Grievances in Medicine: Historical and Social Science Perspectives

by Jonathan Reinarz & Rebecca Wynter

Recent studies into the experiences and failures of health care services, along with the rapid development of patient advocacy, consumerism and pressure groups have led historians and social scientists to engage...


A Disease Apart

by Tony Gould

This fascinating cultural and medical history of leprosy enriches our understanding of a still-feared biblical disease.

It is a condition shrouded for centuries in mystery, legend, and religious fanaticism. Societies...


Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain--and How it Changed the World

by Carl Zimmer

In this unprecedented history of a scientific revolution, award-winning author and journalist Carl Zimmer tells the definitive story of the dawn of the age of the brain and modern consciousness. Told here for...