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The History of Medicine in Context


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An interest in medicine is one of the constants that re-occurs throughout history. From the earliest times, man has sought ways to combat the myriad of diseases and ailments that afflict the human body, resulting in a number of evolving and often competing philosophies and practices whose repercussions spread far beyond the strictly medical sphere.

For more than a decade The History of Medicine in Context series has provided a unique platform for the publication of research pertaining to the study of medicine from broad social, cultural, political, religious and intellectual perspectives. Offering cutting-edge scholarship on a range of medical subjects that cross chronological, geographical and disciplinary boundaries, the series consistently challenges received views about medical history and shows how medicine has had a much more pronounced effect on western society than is often acknowledged. As medical knowledge progresses, throwing up new challenges and moral dilemmas, The History of Medicine in Context series offers the opportunity to evaluate the shifting role and practice of medicine from the long perspective, not only providing a better understanding of the past, but often an intriguing perspective on the present.

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Civic Medicine: Physician, Polity, and Pen in Early Modern Europe

Civic Medicine: Physician, Polity, and Pen in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

Forthcoming

J. Andrew Mendelsohn, Annemarie Kinzelbach, Ruth Schilling
August 20, 2019

Communities great and small across Europe for eight centuries have contracted with doctors. Physicians provided citizen care, helped govern, and often led in public life. Civic Medicine stakes out this timely subject by focusing on its golden age, when cities rivaled territorial states in local and...

The Afterlife of the Leiden Anatomical Collections: Hands On, Hands Off

The Afterlife of the Leiden Anatomical Collections: Hands On, Hands Off

1st Edition

Hieke Huistra
October 25, 2018

The Afterlife of the Leiden Anatomical Collections starts where most stories end: after death. It tells the story of thousands of body parts kept in bottles and boxes in nineteenth-century Leiden – a story featuring a struggling medical student, more than one disappointed anatomist, a monstrous...

Health and Welfare in St. Petersburg, 1900–1941: Protecting the Collective

Health and Welfare in St. Petersburg, 1900–1941: Protecting the Collective

1st Edition

Christopher Williams
July 02, 2018

In the first book to chart late Imperial and Soviet health policy and its impact on the health of the collective in Russia’s former capital and second "regime" city, Christopher Williams argues that in pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg radical sections of the medical profession and the Bolsheviks...

It All Depends on the Dose: Poisons and Medicines in European History

It All Depends on the Dose: Poisons and Medicines in European History

1st Edition

Ole Peter Grell, Andrew Cunningham, Jon Arrizabalaga
May 09, 2018

This is the first volume to take a broad historical sweep of the close relation between medicines and poisons in the Western tradition, and their interconnectedness. They are like two ends of a spectrum, for the same natural material can be medicine or poison, depending on the dose, and poisons can...

Pathology in Practice: Diseases and Dissections in Early Modern Europe

Pathology in Practice: Diseases and Dissections in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

Silvia De Renzi, Marco Bresadola, Maria Conforti
December 21, 2017

Post-mortems may have become a staple of our TV viewing, but the long history of this practice is still little known. This book provides a fresh account of the dissections that took place across early modern Europe on those who had died of a disease or in unclear circumstances. Drawing on different...

Plague, Print, and the Reformation: The German Reform of Healing, 1473–1573

Plague, Print, and the Reformation: The German Reform of Healing, 1473–1573

1st Edition

Erik A. Heinrichs
November 02, 2017

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 German reform of healing flourished in...

Hospital Care and the British Standing Army, 1660–1714

Hospital Care and the British Standing Army, 1660–1714

1st Edition

Eric Gruber von Arni
October 09, 2017

At the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, amongst the first acts of Charles II's government was the abolition of the New Model Army and the sweeping away of the legislation and institutions that had supported it, including most of the medical provisions provided by the republican regime....

Health Care and Poor Relief in 18th and 19th Century Southern Europe

Health Care and Poor Relief in 18th and 19th Century Southern Europe

1st Edition

Ole Peter Grell, Andrew Cunningham
June 29, 2017

The poor and the sick-poor have always presented a problem to the governments and churches of Europe. Whose responsibility are they? Are they a wilful burden on the honest working population, or are they a necessary presence for the true Christian to live the true Christian life? In the 18th and...

The Making of the Dentiste, c. 1650-1760

The Making of the Dentiste, c. 1650-1760

1st Edition

Roger King
June 29, 2017

The early decades of the eighteenth century saw the appearance of a completely new type of surgical practitioner in France: the dentiste. The use of this title was of the utmost significance, indicating not just the making of a new practitioner but of an entirely new practice - the dentiste was,...

The Return of Epidemics: Health and Society in Peru During the Twentieth Century

The Return of Epidemics: Health and Society in Peru During the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Marcos Cueto
May 16, 2017

Historians have long recognized epidemics to be a significant, though sometimes hidden, factor in the fortunes of societies and civilizations. The study of epidemics heightens our understanding of relationships between economic systems and living conditions. It illuminates the ideologies and...

Health Care and Poor Relief in 18th and 19th Century Northern Europe

Health Care and Poor Relief in 18th and 19th Century Northern Europe

1st Edition

Ole Peter Grell, Andrew Cunningham
May 16, 2017

Throughout history governments have had to confront the problem of how to deal with the poorer parts of their population. During the medieval and early modern period this responsibility was largely borne by religious institutions, civic institutions and individual charity. By the eighteenth century...

Justice to the Maimed Soldier: Nursing, Medical Care and Welfare for Sick and Wounded Soldiers and their Families during the English Civil Wars and Interregnum, 1642–1660

Justice to the Maimed Soldier: Nursing, Medical Care and Welfare for Sick and Wounded Soldiers and their Families during the English Civil Wars and Interregnum, 1642–1660

1st Edition

Eric Gruber von Arni
May 16, 2017

In the popular imagination, the notion of military medicine prior to the twentieth century is dominated by images of brutal ignorance, superstition and indifference. In an age before the introduction of anaesthetics, antibiotics and the sterilisation of instruments, it is perhaps unsurprising that...

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