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Managing Madness Weyburn Mental Hospital and the Transformation of Psychiatric Care in Canada by Erika Dyck, Alexander Deighton, Hugh Lafave, John Elias Managing Madness Weyburn Mental Hospital and the Transformation of Psychiatric Care in Canada
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The Saskatchewan Mental Hospital at Weyburn has played a significant role in the history of psychiatric services, mental health research, and providing care in the community. Its history provides a window to the changing nature of mental health services over...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2017

Reorienting Histories of Medicine Encounters Along the Silk Roads by Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim Reorienting Histories of Medicine Encounters Along the Silk Roads

ReOrienting Histories of Medicine takes a cross-cultural approach that provides a re-appraisal of the 'globalised' character of early medicine. It re-orients medical history, and emphasizes the role of the transmission of medical ideas and practices between European and Asian cultures....
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Blood on Their Hands How Greedy Companies, Inept Bureaucracy, and Bad Science Killed Thousands of Hemophiliacs by Donna Shaw Blood on Their Hands How Greedy Companies, Inept Bureaucracy, and Bad Science Killed Thousands of Hemophiliacs

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, when HIV first entered the world's blood supply, more than half of the 17,000 hemophiliacs in the US became infected with the AIDS-causing virus. Eric Weinberg and Donna Shaw provide an insider's look...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/09/2017

Exhaustion A History by Anna Katharina Schaffner Exhaustion A History

Today our fatigue feels chronic; our anxieties, amplified. Proliferating technologies command our attention. Many people complain of burnout, and economic instability and the threat of ecological catastrophe fill us with dread. We look to the past, imagining life to have...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/09/2017

The Lomidine Files The Untold Story of a Medical Disaster in Colonial Africa by Guillaume Lachenal The Lomidine Files The Untold Story of a Medical Disaster in Colonial Africa

Ultimately, it illuminates public health not only as a showcase of colonial humanism and a tool of control but as an arena of mediocrity, powerlessness, and stupidity.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

On the Other Hand Left Hand, Right Brain, Mental Disorder, and History by Howard I. Kushner On the Other Hand Left Hand, Right Brain, Mental Disorder, and History

Written in a lively style that mixes personal biography with scholarly research, On the Other Hand tells a comprehensive story about the science, traditions, and prejudices surrounding left-handedness.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Essential Readings in Medicine and Religion by Gary B. Ferngren, Ekaterina N. Lomperis Essential Readings in Medicine and Religion
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This book is a useful introduction for all students of history, divinity, medicine, and health.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

Active Bodies A History of Women's Physical Education in Twentieth-century America by Martha H. Verbrugge Active Bodies A History of Women's Physical Education in Twentieth-century America

During the twentieth century, opportunities for exercise and sports grew significantly for girls and women in the United States. Among the key figures who influenced this revolution were female physical educators. Drawing on extensive archival research, Active Bodies examines the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

Visualizing Disease The Art and History of Pathological Illustrations by Domenico Bertoloni Meli Visualizing Disease The Art and History of Pathological Illustrations

Visual anatomy books have been a staple of medical practice and study since the mid-sixteenth century. But the visual representation of diseased states followed a very different pattern from anatomy, one we are only now beginning to investigate and understand....
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

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Malarial Subjects Empire, Medicine and Nonhumans in British India, 1820-1909 by Rohan (University of Reading) Deb Roy Malarial Subjects Empire, Medicine and Nonhumans in British India, 1820-1909

This book examines how and why British imperial rule shaped scientific knowledge about malaria and its cures in nineteenth-century India. This title is also available as Open Access.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Tabiyat Medicine and Healing in India by Farokh Erach (Consultant and Director In-charge of ICU, Breach Candy Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital Trust. Bhulabhai  Udwadia Tabiyat Medicine and Healing in India
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This book is a collection of nine masterly and thought-provoking essays written by noted physician Farokh Erach Udwadia. In this book he discusses topics of contemporary importance like Ayurveda, medical ethics, medical inventions during wars, nursing and the influence of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 00/10/2017

Imperfect Pregnancies A History of Birth Defects and Prenatal Diagnosis by Ilana Lowy Imperfect Pregnancies A History of Birth Defects and Prenatal Diagnosis

This book will interest students, scholars, health professionals, administrators, and activists interested in issues surrounding new medical technologies, screening, risk management, pregnancy, disability, and the history and social politics of women's bodies.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

In the Bonesetter's Waiting Room Travels Through Indian Medicine by Aarathi Prasad In the Bonesetter's Waiting Room Travels Through Indian Medicine

The first comprehensive history of medicine in India
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Childbirth in the Age of Plastics by Michel Odent Childbirth in the Age of Plastics

Focusing on obstetrics, this first book about the history of medicine in relation to the plastic revolution asks vital questions about childbirth today - and tomorrow - and demonstrates that the current turning point in the history of childbirth is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/10/2017

The Butchering Art Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris The Butchering Art Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

The gripping story of a visionary British surgeon whose quest to unite science and medicine delivered us into the modern world - the safest time to be alive in human historyIn The Butchering Art, historian Lindsey Fitzharris recreates a critical...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/10/2017

A History of Medicine, Third Edition by Lois N. Magner A History of Medicine, Third Edition

Designed for survey courses in the field A History of Medicine presents a wide-ranging overview for those seeking a solid grounding in the medical history of Western and non-Western cultures. Invaluable to instructors promoting the history of medicine in pre-professional...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2017

A History of Medicine by Lois N. Magner A History of Medicine

Designed for survey courses in the field A History of Medicine presents a wide-ranging overview for those seeking a solid grounding in the medical history of Western and non-Western cultures. Invaluable to instructors promoting the history of medicine in pre-professional...
Format: Mixed media product - Released: 20/10/2017

Death, Disease & Dissection The Life of a Surgeon Apothecary 1750 - 1850 by Suzie Grogan Death, Disease & Dissection The Life of a Surgeon Apothecary 1750 - 1850

Reveals the colourful world of medicine at this time and offers a picture the daily life of an apothecary from the making of pills and the mixing of potions to tooth drawing and blood-letting.
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/10/2017

Poison, Medicine, and Disease in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe by Frederick W. Gibbs Poison, Medicine, and Disease in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

This book explores how late medieval and early modern physicians (c. 1250-1600) teased out the complex relationships between poison, medicine, and disease. It argues how such discussions must revise the standard history of toxicology, which does not adequately account for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/10/2017

Fit to Practice Empire, Race, Gender, and the Making of British Medicine, 1850-1980 by Douglas M. Haynes Fit to Practice Empire, Race, Gender, and the Making of British Medicine, 1850-1980

Traces the history of the British General Medical Council to reveal the persistence of hierarchies of gender, national identity, and race in determining who was fit to practice British medicine.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2017

The Physicians 1660-2018: Ever Persons Capable and Able by Anonymous The Physicians 1660-2018: Ever Persons Capable and Able

The seventh book in the 500 Reflections on the RCP series, volume two of two on the history of the Royal College of Physicians.
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/11/2017

130 Years of Medicine in Hong Kong From the College of Medicine to the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine by Frank Ching 130 Years of Medicine in Hong Kong From the College of Medicine to the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

This book reviews the medical history of Hong Kong, beginning with its birth as a British colony. It introduces the origins of Hong Kong's medical education, which began in 1887 when the London Missionary Society set up the Hong Kong...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/11/2017

Jonas Salk A Life by Charlotte DeCroes (Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine (Emerita), Stanford University School of Medicine) Jacobs Jonas Salk A Life
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The first full biography of Jonas Salk offers a complete picture of the enigmatic figure, from his early years working on an influenza vaccine-for which he never fully got credit-to his seminal creation of the Polio vaccine, up through his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/12/2017

Fixing the Poor Eugenic Sterilization and Child Welfare in the Twentieth Century by Molly Ladd-Taylor Fixing the Poor Eugenic Sterilization and Child Welfare in the Twentieth Century

Combining innovative political analysis with a compelling social history of those caught up in Minnesota's welfare system, Fixing the Poor is a powerful reinterpretation of eugenic sterilization.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/12/2017

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Bodies Beyond Borders Moving Anatomies, 1750-1950 by Kaat Wils Bodies Beyond Borders Moving Anatomies, 1750-1950


Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

Plague, Print, and the Reformation The German Reform of Healing, 1473-1573 by Erik A. Heinrichs Plague, Print, and the Reformation The German Reform of Healing, 1473-1573

This book surveys a neglected set of sources, German plague prints and treatises published between 1473 and 1573, in order to explore the intertwined histories of plague, print, medicine and religion during the Reformation era. It argues that a particularly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2017

Contagionism Catches On Medical Ideology in Britain, 1730-1800 by Margaret Delacy Contagionism Catches On Medical Ideology in Britain, 1730-1800

This book shows how contagionism evolved in eighteenth century Britain and describes the consequences of this evolution. By the late eighteenth century, the British medical profession was divided between traditionalists, who attributed acute diseases to the interaction of internal imbalances...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/08/2017

Soaking Up the Rays Light Therapy and Visual Culture in Britain, <i>c</i>. 1890-1940 by Tania Woloshyn Soaking Up the Rays Light Therapy and Visual Culture in Britain, <i>c</i>. 1890-1940

Soaking up the rays forges a new path for exploring Britain's fickle love of the light by investigating the beginnings of light therapy in the country from c.1890-1940. Despite rapidly becoming a leading treatment for tuberculosis, rickets and other infections...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/08/2017

Health and Welfare in St. Petersburg, 1900-1941 by Christopher Williams Health and Welfare in St. Petersburg, 1900-1941


Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2017

Reports of a Series of Inoculations for the Variolae Vaccinae or Cowpox With Remarks and Observations on This Disease, Considered as a Substitute for the Smallpox by William Woodville Reports of a Series of Inoculations for the Variolae Vaccinae or Cowpox With Remarks and Observations on This Disease, Considered as a Substitute for the Smallpox

This 1799 work demonstrating the safety and efficacy of vaccination against smallpox led to its much wider adoption.
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/07/2017

Conserving Health in Early Modern Culture Bodies and Environments in Italy and England by Leah Astbury, Hannah Newton Conserving Health in Early Modern Culture Bodies and Environments in Italy and England
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Conserving Health brings together scholarship from across the disciplinary spectrum to illustrate the role of preventive culture in early modern England and Italy, its ubiquity but also how patterns of healthy living differed in different countries. -- .
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/07/2017

Medical Misadventure in an Age of Professionalisation, 1780-1890 by Alannah Tomkins Medical Misadventure in an Age of Professionalisation, 1780-1890

Medical Misadventure considers the doctors whose careers were disrupted or entirely derailed by misfortune, ineptitude, or temptation to crime. Conflicts with colleagues, and threats to medical masculinity, gave rise to extraordinary stories of loss, distress, and occasional recovery. -- .
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/07/2017

The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives by Gayle Davis The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives

This ground-breaking, interdisciplinary volume provides an overdue assessment of how infertility has been understood, treated and experienced in different times and places. It brings together scholars from disciplines including history, literature, psychology, philosophy, and the social sciences to create the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/07/2017

Maladies and Medicine Exploring Health and Healing, 1540 - 1740 by Jennifer Evans Maladies and Medicine Exploring Health and Healing, 1540 - 1740

Lively real-life case histories taken from contemporary diaries, letters, journals and medical case notes.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2017

Medicine in Abbasid Baghdad Doctors and Diseases During the Golden Age by Peter Pormann Medicine in Abbasid Baghdad Doctors and Diseases During the Golden Age

This book provides a comprehensive examination of medicine in Baghdad during the Golden Age of Islamic civilization. It covers topics such as hospitals, doctors and diseases, and also the intellectual and cultural values that flourished.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/07/2017

Medicine and the Science of the Stars: Astrological Physick in Early Modern England by Louise Hill Curth Medicine and the Science of the Stars: Astrological Physick in Early Modern England

Despite the modern view of astrology as a pseudoscience, the movements and corresponding effects of the stars played a major role in early modern English society and culture. This holds particularly true of its use in physick [the contemporary term...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/06/2017

Grave and Learned Men: the Physicians, 1518-1660 by Louella Vaughan Grave and Learned Men: the Physicians, 1518-1660

The sixth book in the 500 Reflections on the RCP series, volume one of two on the history of the Royal College of Physicians.
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/06/2017

Vaccines History, Science, and Issues by Tish Davidson Vaccines History, Science, and Issues


Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017

Malleable Anatomies Models, Makers, and Material Culture in Eighteenth-Century Italy by Lucia (Associate Professor and Pauline M.H. Mazumdar Chair in the History of Medicine, University of Toronto) Dacome Malleable Anatomies Models, Makers, and Material Culture in Eighteenth-Century Italy
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An account of the practice of anatomical modelling in mid-eighteenth-century Italy, showing how anatomical models became an authoritative source of medical knowledge, but also informed social, cultural, and political developments at the crossroads of medical learning, religious ritual, antiquarian and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2017

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