The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-02-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine celebrates the richness and variety of medical history around the world. In recent decades, the history of medicine has emerged as a rich and mature sub-discipline within history, but the strength of the field has not precluded vigorous debatesabout methods, themes, and sources. Bringing together over thirty international scholars, this handbook provides a constructive overview of the current state of these debates, and offers new directions for future scholarship. There are three sections: the first explores the methodological challenges and historiographical debates generated by working in particular historical ages; the second explores the history of medicine in specific regions of the world and their medical traditions, and includes discussion of the'global history of medicine'; the final section analyses, from broad chronological and geographical perspectives, both established and emerging historical themes and methodological debates in the history of medicine.

Author Biography

Mark Jackson was Director of the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter between 2000 and 2010. He served as Chair of the Wellcome Trust History of Medicine Funding Committee between 2003 and 2008 and is currently Chair of the Wellcome Trust Research Resources in Medical History Funding Committee. He has taught modules in the history of medicine and the history and philosophy of science for over twenty years. His books include Newborn Child Murder (1996), The Borderland of Imbecility (2000), Infanticide: Historical Perspectives on Child Murder and Concealment 1550-2000, (ed., 2002), Allergy: The History of a Modern Malady (2006), Health and the Modern Home (ed., 2007), and Asthma: The Biography (2009). The Age of Stress: Science and the Search for Stability is due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Mark Jackson
2. Medicine and health in the Graeco-Roman world, Philip van der Eijk
3. Medieval medicine, Peregrine Horden
4. Early modern medicine, Thomas Rutten
5. Health and medicine in the Enlightenment, E. C. Spary
6. Medicine and modernity, Roger Cooter
7. Contemporary history of medicine and health, Virginia Berridge
8. Global and local histories of medicine: interpretative challenges and future possiblities, Sanjoy Bhattacharya
9. Chinese medicine, Vivienne Lo and Michael Stanley-Baker
10. Medicine in Islam and Islamic medicine, Hormoz Ebrahimnejad
11. Medicine in Western Europe, Harold J. Cook
12. History of medicine in Eastern Europe, including Russia, Marius Turda
13. North America, Edmund Ramsden
14. Latin America, Anne-Emanuelle Birn
15. History of medicine in Sub-Saharan Africa, Lyn Schumaker
16. Medicine and colonialism in South Asia since 1500, Mark Harrison
17. History of medicine in Australia and New Zealand, Linda Bryder
18. Childhood and adolescence, Alysa Levene
19. Medicine and old age, Susannah Ottaway
20. Death, Julie-Marie Strange
21. Historical demography and epidemiology: the meta-narrative challenge, Graham Mooney
22. Chronic illness and disease history, Carsten Timmermann
23. Public health, Christopher Hamlin
24. The political economy of health care in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Martin Gorsky
25. Health, work, and environment: a Hippocratic turn in medical history, Christopher Sellers
26. History of science and medicine, Staffan Muller-Wille
27. Women, health, and medicine, Hilary Marland
28. Health and sexuality, Gayle Davis
29. Medicine and the mind, Rhodri Hayward
30. Medical ethics and the law, Andreas-Holger Maehle
31. Medicine and species: one medicine, one history, Rob Kirk and Michael Worboys
32. Histories of heterodoxy, Roberta Bivins
33. Oral testimony and the history of medicine, Kate Fisher
34. Medical films and television: alternative paths to the cultures of biomedicine, Timothy Boon

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