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Nervous Disease in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain: The Reality of a Fashionable Disorder

Nervous Disease in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain: The Reality of a Fashionable Disorder

1st Edition

Heather R Beatty
January 21, 2016

This study, based on extensive use of eighteenth-century newspapers, hospital registers and case notes, examines the experience of suffering from nervous disease – a supposedly upper-class malady. Beatty concludes that ‘nervousness’ was a legitimate medical diagnosis with a firm basis in...

Toxicants, Health and Regulation since 1945

Toxicants, Health and Regulation since 1945

1st Edition

Nathalie Jas, Soraya Boudia
January 21, 2016

The number of substances potentially dangerous to our health and environment is constantly increasing. The papers in this volume examine the concurrent rise of pollutants and the regulations designed to police their use....

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

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

1st Edition

Mayumi Hayashi
January 21, 2016

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 of traditions and cultural norms....

Modern German Midwifery, 1885–1960

Modern German Midwifery, 1885–1960

1st Edition

Lynne Fallwell
January 21, 2016

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 Germany new standards of health care were embraced. Fallwell’s study explores this...

A Modern History of the Stomach: Gastric Illness, Medicine and British Society, 1800–1950

A Modern History of the Stomach: Gastric Illness, Medicine and British Society, 1800–1950

1st Edition

Ian Miller
January 21, 2016

This is the first exploration of the relationship between the abdomen and British society between 1800 and 1950. Miller demonstrates how the framework of ideas established in medicine related to gastric illness often reflected wider social issues including industrialization and the impact of...

Meat, Medicine and Human Health in the Twentieth Century

Meat, Medicine and Human Health in the Twentieth Century

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Christian Bonah, David Cantor, Mathias Dörries
January 21, 2016

This collection of essays explores some of the complex relations between meat and health in the twentieth century. It highlights a complicated array of contradictory attitudes towards meat and human health. They show how meat came to be regarded as a central part of a modern healthy diet and trace...

Bacteria in Britain, 1880–1939

Bacteria in Britain, 1880–1939

1st Edition

Rosemary Wall
January 21, 2016

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

Human Heredity in the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Bernd Gausemeier
January 21, 2016

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 determining how heredity was viewed across the world during the politically turbulent...

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

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

1st Edition

John Stewart
January 21, 2016

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 period and makes a significant contribution to the historiography....

The Rockefeller Foundation, Public Health and International Diplomacy, 1920–1945

The Rockefeller Foundation, Public Health and International Diplomacy, 1920–1945

1st Edition

Josep L Barona
July 01, 2015

Based on extensive archival research, this study examines the role of the Rockefeller Foundation and the League of Nations in improving public health during the interwar period. Barona argues that the Foundation applied a model of business efficiency to its ideology of spreading good health,...

Psychiatry and Chinese History

Psychiatry and Chinese History

1st Edition

Howard Chiang
July 01, 2014

This collection examines psychiatric medicine in China across the early modern and modern periods. Essays focus on the diagnosis, treatment and cultural implications of madness and mental illness and explore the complex trajectory of the medicalization of the mind in shifting political contexts of...

Institutionalizing the Insane in Nineteenth-Century England

Institutionalizing the Insane in Nineteenth-Century England

1st Edition

Anna Shepherd
April 01, 2014

The nineteenth century brought an increased awareness of mental disorder, epitomized in the Asylum Acts of 1808 and 1845. Shepherd looks at two very different institutions to provide a nuanced account of the nineteenth-century mental health system....

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