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History of medicine books

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Prosthesis in Medieval and Early Modern Culture by Chloe (University of Sussex, UK) Porter Prosthesis in Medieval and Early Modern Culture
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`Prosthesis' denotes a rhetorical `addition' to a pre-existing `beginning', a `replacement' for that which is `defective or absent', a technological mode of `correction' that reveals a history of corporeal and psychic discontent; and recent scholarship has given weight to these...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2017

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: 07/11/2017

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

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

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: 27/10/2017

Contagion, Isolation, and Biopolitics in Victorian London by Matthew L. Newsom Kerr Contagion, Isolation, and Biopolitics in Victorian London

This book is a history of London's vast network of fever and smallpox hospitals, built by the Metropolitan Asylums Board between 1870 and 1900. Londoners suffering from infectious diseases submitted themselves to far-reaching forms of surveillance, removal, and detention, which...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/10/2017

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

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

Coming Soon

130 Years of Medicine in Hong Kong From the College of Medicine for Chinese to the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine by Frank Ching 130 Years of Medicine in Hong Kong From the College of Medicine for Chinese 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: 24/11/2017

Strangling Angel Diphtheria and Childhood Immunization in Ireland by Michael Dwyer Strangling Angel Diphtheria and Childhood Immunization in Ireland

The first comprehensive history of the anti-diphtheria campaign and the factors which facilitated or hindered the rollout of a national childhood immunization programme in Ireland. Dwyer charts how this national goal was marked by conflict and tragedy and placed Ireland...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

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

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

Medicine, the Penal System and Sexual Crimes in England, 1919-1960s Diagnosing Deviance by Janet (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK) Weston Medicine, the Penal System and Sexual Crimes in England, 1919-1960s Diagnosing Deviance
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Sexual crime, past and present, is rarely far from the headlines. How these crimes are punished, policed and understood has changed considerably over the last century. From hormone injections to cognitive behavioural therapy, medical and psychological approaches to sexual offenders...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/12/2017

Migrant Architects of the NHS South Asian Doctors and the Reinvention of British General Practice (1940s-1980s) by Julian Simpson Migrant Architects of the NHS South Asian Doctors and the Reinvention of British General Practice (1940s-1980s)

Migrant Architects is the first book to assess the impact of the migration of doctors from the Indian subcontinent on postwar development of British general practice and by extension the ways in which they influenced the development of the NHS....
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/12/2017

Cultures of Healing by Peregrine Horden Cultures of Healing


Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2018

Galen's Critical Days (De Diebus Decretoriis) in the Graeco-Arabic Tradition Greek Edition of the Peri Krisimon Hemeron by Glen M. Cooper Galen's Critical Days (De Diebus Decretoriis) in the Graeco-Arabic Tradition Greek Edition of the Peri Krisimon Hemeron


Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2018

Vanishing Bone Conquering a Stealth Disease Caused by Total Hip Replacements by William H. (Alan Gerry Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts Gener Harris Vanishing Bone Conquering a Stealth Disease Caused by Total Hip Replacements
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When dozens of holes appeared in a patient's femur alongside his hip prosthesis, experts were baffled as such a phenomenon had never been seen before. Over the first four decades of total hip surgery, the severe bone destruction multiplied, crippling...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/01/2018

Artificial Hearts The Allure and Ambivalence of a Controversial Medical Technology by Shelley (Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, University of Western Ontario) McKellar Artificial Hearts The Allure and Ambivalence of a Controversial Medical Technology
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Packed with larger-than-life characters-from dedicated and ardent scientists to feuding Texas surgeons and brave patients-this book is a fascinating case study that speaks to questions of expectations, limitations, and uncertainty in a high-technology medical world.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/01/2018

Under the Knife A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations by Arnold van de Laar Under the Knife A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations


Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018

Under the Knife A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations by Arnold van de Laar Under the Knife A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations

The history of surgery in 28 famous operations - from Louis XIV to JFK, and from Einstein to Houdini.
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018

Russia in the time of Cholera Disease under Romanovs and Soviets by John P Davis Russia in the time of Cholera Disease under Romanovs and Soviets

As the nineteenth century drew to a close and epidemics in western Europe were waning, the deadly cholera vibrio continued to wreak havoc in Russia, outlasting the Romanovs.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/01/2018

Doctoring the Black Death Europe's Late Medieval Medical Response to Epidemic Disease by John Aberth Doctoring the Black Death Europe's Late Medieval Medical Response to Epidemic Disease

Doctoring the Black Death provides the first full history of the medical response to the plague that devastated Europe throughout the later Middle Ages. Drawing on extensive archival research, Aberth has carefully examined the hundreds of plague treatises written during...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/02/2018

Fools and Idiots? Intellectual Disability in the Middle Ages by Irina Metzler Fools and Idiots? Intellectual Disability in the Middle Ages

Combines modern and medieval approaches to intellectual disability, and engages with a very wide range of sources in order to fill a major gap in this relatively new field, and demonstrate that disability, illness and healthcare are embedded in daily...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2018

Other books in this genre

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

'A brilliant and gripping account of the almost unimaginable horrors of surgery and post-operative infection before Joseph Lister transformed it all' Henry Marsh, author of Do No HarmThe story of a visionary British surgeon whose quest to unite science and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/10/2017

Healthcare and the Nhs in Northern Ireland Devolved, Regional and Comparative Contexts by Research Fellow in the School of History and Anthropology Donnacha Sean (Queen's University Belfast) Lucey Healthcare and the Nhs in Northern Ireland Devolved, Regional and Comparative Contexts


Format: Hardback - Released: 14/10/2017

Forgotten Disease Illnesses Transformed in Chinese Medicine by Hilary A. Smith Forgotten Disease Illnesses Transformed in Chinese Medicine

Around the turn of the twentieth century, disorders that Chinese physicians had been writing about for over a millennium acquired new identities in Western medicine-sudden turmoil became cholera; flowers of heaven became smallpox; and foot qi became beriberi. Historians have...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2017

Forgotten Disease Illnesses Transformed in Chinese Medicine by Hilary A. Smith Forgotten Disease Illnesses Transformed in Chinese Medicine

Around the turn of the twentieth century, disorders that Chinese physicians had been writing about for over a millennium acquired new identities in Western medicine-sudden turmoil became cholera; flowers of heaven became smallpox; and foot qi became beriberi. Historians have...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2017

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: 05/10/2017

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

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: 22/09/2017

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

Quackery by Lydia Kang, Nate Pedersen Quackery
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A tour of medicine's most outlandish misfires, Quackery dives into 35 treatments , exploring their various uses and why they thankfully fell out of favour - some more recently than you might think.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/09/2017

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: 14/09/2017

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

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