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Seeking the Cure: A History of Medicine in America

by Ira Rutkow

A timely, authoritative, and entertaining history of medicine in America by an eminent physician

Despite all that has been written and said about American medicine, narrative accounts of its history are uncommon....


Smallpox: The Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer

by D. A. Md Henderson

For more than 3000 years, hundreds of millions of people have died or been left permanently scarred or blind by the relentless, incurable disease called smallpox. In 1967, Dr. D.A. Henderson became director...


Health and Citizenship: Political Cultures of Health in Modern Europe

by Frank Huisman & Harry Oosterhuis

This collection of essays looks at issues of health and citizenship in Europe across two centuries. Contributors examine the extent to which the state can interfere with the private lives of its citizens, the...


Hysteria Complicated by Ecstasy: The Case of Nanette Leroux

by Jan Goldstein

Hysteria Complicated by Ecstasy offers a rare window into the inner life of a person ordinarily inaccessible to historians: a semiliterate peasant girl who lived almost two centuries ago, in the aftermath of...


Lunatic Hospitals in Georgian England, 1750 1830

by Leonard Smith

Lunatic Hospitals in Georgian England, 1750-1830 constitutes the first comprehensive study of the philanthropic asylum system in Georgian England. Using original research and drawing upon a wide range of expertise...


A Secret Mind

by Kaye Kelly

A lively, moving novel that vividly recreates the 1880s: the harsh lives; the attitudes to madness and to drunkenness; and the strength of friendship and love.After an accident at four years old, Libby Budd...


Failure to Progress: The Contraction of the Midwifery Profession

by Rosemary Mander & Valerie Fleming

Changes in the field of midwifery are of concern to those within the health care system, the academic world and those whose lives are touched by midwifery care. This text reflects on the current situation and...


The Quack Doctor: Historical Remedies For All Your Ills

by Caroline Rance

From the harangues of mountebanks to the dubious advertisements in Victorian newspapers, quackery sports a colourful history. Featuring entertaining advertisements from historical newspapers, this book investigates...


The Making of Modern Anthrax, 1875-1920: Uniting Local, National and Global Histories of Disease

by James F Stark

Stark offers a fresh perspective on the history of infectious disease. He examines anthrax in terms of local, national and global significance, and constructs a narrative that spans public, professional and...


Biologics, A History of Agents Made From Living Organisms in the Twentieth Century

by Alexander von Schwerin, Heiko Stoff & Bettina Wahrig

The use of biologics - drugs made from living organisms - has raised specific scientific, industrial, medical and legal issues. The essays contained in this collection each deal with a case study of a biologic...


Bacteria in Britain, 1880-1939

by Rosemary Wall

Focusing on the years between the identification of bacteria and the production of antibiotic medicine, Wall presents a study into how bacteriology has affected both clinical practice and public knowledge.


Human Heredity in the Twentieth Century

by Bernd Gausemeier, Staffan Müller-Wille & Edmund Ramsden

The essays in this collection examine how human heredity was understood between the end of the First World War and the early 1970s. The contributors explore the interaction of science, medicine and society in...


The Medical Trade Catalogue in Britain, 1870-1914

by Claire L Jones

By the late nineteenth century advances in medical knowledge, technology and pharmaceuticals led to the development of a thriving commercial industry. Drawing on over 400 medical trade catalogues Jones presents...


Western Maternity and Medicine, 1880-1990

by Janet Greenlees & Linda Bryder

The contributors to this collection look into the experiences of women in the Western world going through pregnancy and birth over the last hundred years.


Modern German Midwifery, 1885-1960

by Lynne Fallwell

Between the late 18th and the early 20th century, the industrialized world experienced a transition in birth practices. While in many countries this led to a separation of midwifery from modern medicine, in...


Child Guidance in Britain, 1918-1955: The Dangerous Age of Childhood

by John Stewart

Stewart presents a history of child guidance in Britain from its origins in the years after the First World War until the consolidation of the welfare state. This is the first study of child guidance in this...


Residential Institutions in Britain, 1725-1970: Inmates and Environments

by Jane Hamlett, Lesley Hoskins & Rebecca Preston

The essays in this collection explore both organizational intentions and inhabitants' experiences in a diverse range of British residential institutions during a period when such provision was dramatically increasing....


Breast Cancer in the Eighteenth Century

by Marjo Kaartinen

Early modern physicians and surgeons tried desperately to understand breast cancer, testing new medicines and radically improving operating techniques. In this study, the first of its kind, Kaartinen explores...


The Care of Older People: England and Japan, A Comparative Study

by Mayumi Hayashi

Across the globe, populations are getting older. Hayashi surveys the development of residential care in Britain and Japan from the 1920s onwards, using regional case studies, and taking into account the influence...


The Politics of Reproduction in Ottoman Society, 1838-1900

by Gülhan Balsoy

Epidemics, migration and territorial losses led to population decline in early nineteenth-century Turkey. In response, Ottoman elites began a programme of population growth. Balsoy uses previously untapped archival...