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Catching Cancer: The Quest for its Viral and Bacterial Causes

by Claudia Cornwall Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 05, 2013)

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,...


Asylum on the Hill: History of a Healing Landscape

by Katherine Ziff, Samuel T. Gladding, Shawna Bolin & Joseph Shields Ohio University Press (February 12, 2012)

The story of a great American experiment in psychiatry, a revolution in care for those with mental illness, as seen through the example of the Athens Lunatic Asylum built in Southeast Ohio after the Civil War....


A Disease Apart

by Tony Gould St. Martin's Press (October 07, 2014)

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 Atria Books (August 26, 2014)

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 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 16, 2011)

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...


Pale Faces: The Masks of Anemia

by Charles L. Bardes Bellevue Literary Press (April 22, 2014)

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 Dundurn (March 30, 2011)

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 Dundurn (April 30, 2007)

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 Dover Publications (February 09, 2012)

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 Atria Books (September 03, 2013)

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 Lexington Books (December 27, 2010)

'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 Ivan R. Dee (July 20, 1999)

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. HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

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...


Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs

by Stuart A. Kirk, Tomi Gomory & David Cohen Transaction Publishers (April 12, 2013)

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...


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

by David A. Johnson & Humayun J. Chaudhry Lexington Books (August 10, 2012)

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...


The Drug Hunters

by Donald R. Kirsch & Ogi Ogas Arcade (December 13, 2016)

The surprising, behind-the-scenes story of how our medicines are discovered, told by a veteran drug hunter.

The search to find medicines is as old as disease, which is to say as old as the human race. Through...


Damnation Island

by Stacy Horn Algonquin Books (May 15, 2018)

“A riveting character-driven dive into 19th-century New York and the extraordinary history of Blackwell’s Island.”

Laurie Gwen Shapiro, author of The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure...


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

by Poonam Bala, Atsuko Naono, Neshat Quaiser & Arabinda Samanta et al. Lexington Books (April 12, 2012)

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,...


Under the Knife

by Arnold van de Laar, Laproscopic surgeon St. Martin's Press (October 02, 2018)

Surgeon Arnold van de Laar uses his own experience and expertise to tell this engrossing history of surgery through 28 famous operations—from Louis XIV and Einstein to JFK and Houdini.

From the story of the...


Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness

by Thomas Cowan & Sally Fallon Morell Chelsea Green Publishing (August 14, 2018)

One Doctor’s Surprising Answer to the Epidemic of Autoimmunity and Chronic Disease

Over the past fifty years, rates of autoimmunity and chronic disease have exploded: currently 1 in 2.5 American children has...


Dying in the City of the Blues

by Keith Wailoo The University of North Carolina Press (June 30, 2014)

This groundbreaking book chronicles the history of sickle cell anemia in the United States, tracing its transformation from an "invisible" malady to a powerful, yet contested, cultural symbol of African American...


Pandemic 1918

by Catharine Arnold St. Martin's Press (August 28, 2018)

Before AIDS or Ebola, there was the Spanish Flu — Catharine Arnold's gripping narrative, Pandemic 1918, marks the 100th anniversary of an epidemic that altered world history.

In January 1918, as World War I...


Moonlight, Magnolias, and Madness

by Peter McCandless The University of North Carolina Press (December 01, 2013)

Moonlight, Magnolias, and Madness is a social history of the perceptions and treatment of the mentally ill in South Carolina over two centuries. Examining insanity in both an institutional and a community context,...


The Royal Art of Poison

by Eleanor Herman St. Martin's Press (June 12, 2018)

One of Washington Independent Review of Books' 50 Favorite Books of 2018 • A Buzzfeed Best Book of 2018

"Morbidly witty." —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

"You’ll be as appalled at times as you are entertained."...


Miracles and Medicine

by Andrew D. White Literature and Knowledge Publishing (April 12, 2018)

Nothing in the evolution of human thought appears more inevitable than the idea of supernatural intervention in producing and curing disease. The causes of disease are so intricate that they are reached only...


From Asylum to Prison

by Anne E. Parsons The University of North Carolina Press (September 25, 2018)

To many, asylums are a relic of a bygone era. State governments took steps between 1950 and 1990 to minimize the involuntary confinement of people in psychiatric hospitals, and many mental health facilities...


Smoking under the Tsars

by Tricia Starks Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Approaching tobacco from the perspective of users, producers, and objectors, Smoking under the Tsars provides an unparalleled view of Russia’s early adoption of smoking. Tricia Starks introduces us to the...


Decadent Genealogies

by Barbara Spackman Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Barbara Spackman here examines the ways in which decadent writers adopted the language of physiological illness and alteration as a figure for psychic otherness. By means of an ideological and rhetorical analysis...


The Physician as a Rebellious Intellectual

by N. Peter Joosse Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissen (March 26, 2014)

The medical section of the Kitab al-Na?i?atayn or Book of the Two Pieces of Advice by the medieval author cAbd al-Latif ibn Yusuf al-Baghdadi (1162-1231) challenges the idea that Arabic-Islamic medicine declined...


Medizin und Sprache – die Sprache der Medizin

by Eva Brinkschulte, Fritz Dross, Anita Magowska & Marcin Moskalewicz et al. Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissen (November 20, 2015)

Medizin und Sprache – die Sprache der Medizin lautete das Thema der 14. Tagung der Deutsch-Polnischen Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Medizin. Der Tagungsband umfasst 17 Beiträge, die aus unterschiedlichen...


Anthroposophy and Science

by Peter Heusser Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissen (June 16, 2016)

This book is the first thorough introduction into the scientific basis of anthroposophy and anthroposophical medicine in the context of academic science. On a sound epistemological basis and in the context of...


Yellow Fever Years

by Ingrid Gessner Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissen (October 21, 2016)

Exploring the nexus of American Studies and the Medical Humanities, this book examines the interdisciplinary interfaces between disease and American cultures and literatures. It traces the appropriation of yellow...


Galdós and Medicine

by Michael Stannard Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissensc (March 26, 2015)

Benito Pérez Galdós (1843–1920) is revered as Spain’s greatest nineteenth-century author. Writing in the realist tradition of Dickens, Zola and Balzac, he described life in Madrid with unequalled fidelity....


A Late Middle English Remedy-book (MS Wellcome 542, ff. 1r-20v)

by Javier Calle Martín & Miguel Angel Castaño-Gil Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissensc (December 19, 2013)

The present edition offers the diplomatic transcription of MS Wellcome 542, housing a late Middle English hitherto unedited remedy-book based on the medical lore of Hippocrates, Socrates and Galen. A glossary,...


Engineering Health

by Lara Marks Royal Society of Chemistry (October 25, 2017)

Biotechnology harnesses cellular and biochemical systems to advance knowledge of the molecular cause of disease and to provide new diagnostic tools and more precisely targeted drugs. Within a decade, global...


Civilization and Disease

by Henry E. Sigerist & Elizabeth Fee Cornell University Press (July 15, 2018)

Originally published in 1943, Civilization and Disease was based on a series of lectures that the medical historian Henry E. Sigerist delivered at Cornell University in 1940. Now back in print, the book is a...


The Homespun Origins of Vaccination

by Patrick Pead Timefile Books (April 16, 2017)

If you think you know how vaccination began - think again - because its dawn is clouded in myth and misrepresentation. Not a ‘discovery or an ‘invention’, vaccination was a development of what had gone...


Disease and Sanitation in Victorian Britian

by Gordon Cook Melrose Books (February 14, 2017)

This book highlights the huge advances made in prevention of infectious disease(s) in Victorian Britain. The actual cause of most disease was then unknown, as it was throughout most of the nineteenth century,...


Revolutionary Conceptions

by Susan E. Klepp Omohundro Institute and University of North Caroli (November 01, 2017)

In the Age of Revolution, how did American women conceive their lives and marital obligations? By examining the attitudes and behaviors surrounding the contentious issues of family, contraception, abortion,...


"The Hour of Eugenics"

by Nancy Leys Stepan Cornell University Press (November 14, 1996)

Eugenics was a term coined in 1883 to name the scientific and social theory which advocated "race improvement" through selective human breeding. In Europe and the United States the eugenics movement found many...


Weill Cornell Medicine

by Jennifer Moon, Antonio M. Gotto & Laurie H. Glimcher Cornell University Press (March 18, 2016)

Weill Cornell Medicine is a story of continuity and transformation. Throughout its colorful history, Cornell's medical school has been a leader in education, patient care, and research—from its founding as...


Notes on Nightingale

by Sioban Nelson & Anne Marie Rafferty ILR Press

Florence Nightingale remains an inspiration to nurses around the world for her pioneering work treating wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War; authorship of Notes on Nursing, the foundational text...


Walking Corpses

by Timothy S. Miller & John W. Nesbitt Cornell University Press (March 19, 2014)

Leprosy has afflicted humans for thousands of years. It wasn’t until the twelfth century, however, that the dreaded disease entered the collective psyche of Western society, thanks to a frightening epidemic...


The contagious city

by Simon Finger Cornell University Press (May 03, 2012)

By the time William Penn was planning the colony that would come to be called Pennsylvania, with Philadelphia at its heart, Europeans on both sides of the ocean had long experience with the hazards of city life,...


The changing face of medicine

by Ann K. Boulis & Jerry A. Jacobs ILR Press

The number of women practicing medicine in the United States has grown steadily since the late 1960s, with women now roughly at parity with men among entering medical students. Why did so many women enter American...


Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years: Early Writings on LSD and Psilocybin with Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, Ralph Metzner, and others

by James Penner Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (July 21, 2014)

The first collection of Leary’s writings devoted entirely to the research phase of his career, 1960 to 1965

• Presents Leary’s early scientific articles and scholarly essays, including those on the Harvard...


The Helmholtz Curves: Tracing Lost Time

by Henning Schmidgen & Nils F. Schott Fordham University Press (September 15, 2014)

In 1850, Hermann von Helmholtz conducted path breaking experiments on the propagation speed of the nervous impulse. This book reconstructs the cultural history of these experiments by focusing on Helmholtz's...


Traditional Chinese Medicine in the United States

by Emily S. Wu Lexington Books (June 06, 2013)

This book provides a historically, socially, and culturally-contextualized portrayal of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as a complementary and alternative medical profession in the United States. Through...


The Danger within Us

by Jeanne Lenzer Little, Brown and Company (December 12, 2017)

A shocking exposé of the dangerously under-regulated medical device industry, revealing the corruption, greed, and deceit that has helped make medical interventions a leading cause of death in America. Medical...


Doctors at War

by Mark de Rond & Chris Hedges ILR Press (March 01, 2017)

Doctors at War is a candid account of a trauma surgical team based, for a tour of duty, at a field hospital in Helmand, Afghanistan. Mark de Rond tells of the highs and lows of surgical life in hard-hitting...