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Black Skin in the Middle Ages / La Peau noire au Moyen Âge

by Agostino Paravicini Bagliani, Benjamin Braude, Anne Grondeux & Philippe Mudry et al.

A. Paravicini Bagliani, Preface - B. Braude, Black Skin/White Skin in Ancient Greece and the Near East - A. Grondeux, Cutis ou pellis: les dénominations médiolatines de la peau humaine - P. Mudry, La peau...


Catching Cancer: The Quest for its Viral and Bacterial Causes

by Claudia Cornwall

The idea that you can “catch” cancer is radical, and yet several renowned scientists have shown that it is possible to do just that. Through interviews and an exploration of the science behind new discoveries,...


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

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...


Plagues in World History

by John Aberth

Plagues in World History provides a concise, comparative world history of catastrophic infectious diseases, including plague, smallpox, tuberculosis, cholera, influenza, and AIDS. John Aberth considers not only...


Enigmas of Health and Disease: How Epidemiology Helps Unravel Scientific Mysteries

by Alfredo Morabia

This book is the principal account of epidemiology’s role in the development of effective measures to identify, prevent, and treat diseases. Throughout history, epidemiologists have challenged conventional...


Pale Faces: The Masks of Anemia

by Charles L. Bardes

The Bellevue Literary Press Pathographies series debuts with a fascinating journey through the history of medicine.


Sunnybrook Hospital: Our Veterans' Legacy of Care, a Photo Journey Through the Decades

by Peeter A. Poldre

Sunnybrook Hospital stands as an important symbol of Canada's gratitude toward its war veterans, and this book is a photo journey through the decades that chronicles the contributions of a dedicated group of...


"Our Gallant Doctor": Enigma and Tragedy: Surgeon-Lieutenant George Hendry and HMCS Ottawa, 1942

by James Goodwin

On September 13, 1942, HMCS Ottawa was sunk by a German U-boat. Dr. George Hendry, exhausted from hours of difficult surgery, was lost, along with many others.


From Medicine Man to Doctor: The Story of the Science of Healing

by Howard W. Haggard

Compelling and informative, this overview of medical history traces the development of modern-day medical practices from their roots in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. 131 black-and-white...


One Doctor

by Brendan Reilly

Told by a unique voice in American medicine, this epic story recounts life-changing experiences in the career of a distinguished physician, and is described by The New York Times as “a true service [to history]....


'If You Knew the Conditions': A Chronicle of the Indian Medical Service and American Indian Health Care, 1908-1955

by David N. DeJong

'If You Knew the Conditions' examines the inadequacies of the healthcare provided to American Indians by the Indian Medical Service. DeJong argues that, while Congress and the Indian Service had a responsibility...


A Fever in Salem: A New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials

by Laurie Winn Carlson

Laurie Winn Carlson offers an innovative explanation for the madness behind the Salem Witch Trials.


Vaccinated: Triumph, Controversy, and An Uncertain F

by Paul A. Offit, M.D.

Maurice Hilleman's mother died a day after he was born and his twin sister stillborn. As an adult, he said that he felt he had escaped an appointment with death. He made it his life's work to see that others...


Medical Licensing and Discipline in America: A History of the Federation of State Medical Boards

by David A. Johnson & Humayun J. Chaudhry

Medical Licensing and Discipline in America traces the evolution of the U.S. medical licensing system from its historical antecedents in the 18th and 19th century to its modern structure, emphasizing a focus...


Contesting Colonial Authority: Medicine and Indigenous Responses in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century India

by Poonam Bala, Sean Lang, Cristiana Bastos & Shrimoy Roy Chaudhary et al.

Poonam Bala’s Contesting Colonial Authority explores the interplay of conformity and defiance amongst the plural medical tradition in colonial India. The contributors reveal how Indian elites, nationalists,...


The Royal Art of Poison

by Eleanor Herman

"You’ll be as appalled at times as you are entertained." —Bustle, one of The 17 Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out In June 2018

"A heady mix of erudite history and delicious gossip." —Aja Raden, author of...


Mediterranean quarantines, 1750-1914

by John Chircop & Francisco Javier Martínez

Mediterranean quarantines investigates how quarantine, the centuries-old practice of collective defence against epidemics, experienced significant transformations from the eighteenth century in the Mediterranean...


Lelamour Herbal (MS Sloane 5, ff. 13r–57r)

by David Moreno Olalla

One of the three most important medical herbals composed in Middle English, both in terms of physical length and for the number of species treated, and regularly quoted not only by the editors of the Oxford...


The One-Eyed Surgeon with Only One Thumb

by John C Barber

This book tells of the life of an extraordinary physician who overcame a teenage hunting accident in which he lost his left thumb and left eye. Through hard work and diligence, he became an excellent surgeon...