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Problems and Methods in the History of Medicine

1st Edition

Edited by Roy Porter, Andrew Wear


268 pages

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Originally published in 1987, Problems and Methods in the History of Medicine is a collection of papers surveying and assessing the particular approaches and techniques which have been used in the history of medicine in the past or are still being developed (from the influence of Annales to the role of the computer). The emphasis is on historical practice rather than methodology in isolation. Besides the topics indicated above, a third problematic is that of historical demography. A common theme to all three groups of paper is the relation between quantitative ‘hard’ data and qualitative ‘soft’ data.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors



Part I: The French Connection

1. The Annales and Medical Historiography: Bilan et Perspectives, Toby Gelfand

2. Twenty Years On: Problems of Historical Methodology in the History of Health, J.P Goubert

3. Montpelier Medical Students and the Medicalisation of 18th-Century France, Colin Jones

4. Popular Culture and Knowledge of the Body: Infancy and the Medical Anthropologist, François Loux

Part II: Medical History and Historical Demography

5. Methodological Problems in Modern Urban History Writing: Graphic Representations of Urban Mortality 1750-1850, Arthur E. Imhof

6. No Death Without Birth: The Implications of English Mortality in the Early Modern Period, E.A. Wrigley

Part III: Computers and the History of Institutions

7. Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives on the Asylum, Anne Digby

8. Hospital History: New Sources and Methods, Guenter B. Risse

Part IV: The Qualitative and Quantitative

9. Madness, Suicide, and the Computer, Michael MacDonald

10. Interfaces: Perspectives of Health and Illness in Early Modern England, Andrew Wear


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: History of Medicine

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1926 and 1995, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medicine and history, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the advancement of medicine throughout history from medicine in antiquity to advancements in science during the Victorian period, the set looks at the rise of the medical profession, how medical journals have adapted and contributed to modern medicine, midwifery and surgical practices, whilst also exploring medical history and advancements throughout the world. This set will be of particular interest to academics of history, medicine, sociology and anthropology respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General