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The Making of Addiction: The 'Use and Abuse' of Opium in Nineteenth-Century Britain

by Louise Foxcroft

This book uncovers the original influences that shaped the creation and the various interpretations of addiction as a disease, and of addiction to opiates in particular. It delves into the treatments, regimes,...


Hospital Politics in Seventeenth-Century France: The Crown, Urban Elites and the Poor

by Tim McHugh

This book explores poor relief and charitable health care in French cities during the seventeenth century, a period that witnessed much reform and change in the way these services were administered. By reintegrating...


Grady Baby: A Year in the Life of Atlanta's Grady Hospital

by Jerry Gentry

Granted unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the maternity ward of Atlanta's sprawling public hospital, Jerry Gentry binds together stories of women , medical residents, nurses, and midwives. In this teeming...


Vaccinated: Triumph, Controversy, and An Uncertain F

by Paul A. Offit & 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...


Between Flesh and Steel: A History of Military Medicine from the Middle Ages to the War in Afghanistan

Smallpox, Syphilis and Salvation

by Sheryl Persson

A highly accessible, engaging look at modern medicine. Since ancient times, mankind has searched for ways to defeat disease. It has only been in the last 200 years that scientists have made major inroads in...


Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1600-2000

by Steve Sturdy

Medicine is concerned with the most intimate aspects of private life. Yet it is also a focus for diverse forms of public organization and action. In this volume, an international team of scholars use the techniques...


Chinese Physician

by Joanna Grant

A Chinese Physician is the portrait of a 16th century medical writer and clinical practitioner. Drawing on socio-economic/biographic, textual, and gender analysis along side a variety of sources, from hagiographical...


Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion

by Linda Stratmann

Linda Stratmann traces the social, medical and criminal history of chloroform, from early medical practices to create oblivion through the discovery of chloroform and its discovery, its use and misuse in the...


Memory, Wisdom and Healing: The History of Domestic Plant Medicine

by Gabrielle Hatfield

Historians have largely neglected domestic medicine in favour of 'official medicine'. In this book, the author has gathered material from manuscripts, letters, diaries and personal interviews to produced a detailed...


Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs

by Stuart A. Kirk, Tomi Gomory & David Cohen

Mad Science argues that the fundamental claims of modern American psychiatry are based on misconceived, flawed, and distorted science. The authors address multiple paradoxes in American mental health, including...


Old Wives' Tales: The History of Remedies, Charms and Spells

by Mary Chamberlain

We may all know that dandelions make us wet the bed, and that stewed prunes are a cure for constipation, but how many of us were aware that a poultice of chicken manure is a remedy for baldness? Or that eel...


Kindly Medicine: Physio-Medicalism in America, 1836-1911

by John S Haller Jr

Between 1836 and 1911, thirteen physio-medical colleges opened, and then closed, their doors. These authentic American schools, founded on a philosophy of so-called Physio-Medicalism, substituted botanical medicines...


Old Red: Pioneering Medical Education in Texas

by Heather Green Wooten

Tucked away in a corner of the University of Texas Medical Branch campus stands a majestic relic of an era long past. Constructed of red pressed brick, sandstone, and ruddy Texas granite, the Ashbel Smith Building,...


The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth

by Barbara Seaman

With the ardent tone of a close friend, Barbara Seaman draws on forty years of journalistic research to expose the "menopause industry" and shows how estrogen therapy often causes more problems—including breast...


The Fluoride Deception

by Christopher Bryson & Theo Colborn

With the narrative punch of Jonathan Harr’s A Civil Action and the commitment to environmental truth-telling of Erin Brockovich, The Fluoride Deception documents a powerful connection between big corporations,...


The Polio Hole

by Shelley Mickle

As a five-year-old, Shelley Fraser is known for mischief.

On Halloween in l949, she fancies her brother's devil costume and persuades her mother to hem it up for her. But her plan to scare the total baloney out...


Ask the Grey Sisters: Sault Ste. Marie and the General Hospital, 1898-1998

by Elizabeth A. Iles

Ask the Grey Sisters: Sault Ste. Marie and the General Hospital, 1898-1998 tells the story of the creation and one-hundred-year history of the Sault Ste. Marie General Hospital. At a time when Canada's healthcare...


Frederick Banting

by Stephen Eaton Hume

When Frederick Banting, a decorated war hero, developed insulin in 1920, he earned the 1923 Nobel Prize for medicine, a knighthood, and the gratitude of diabetics around the world.


Ancient Medicine

by Vivian Nutton

The first edition of Ancient Medicine was the most complete examination of the medicine of the ancient world for a hundred years. The new edition improves upon the last by including the key discoveries since...