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Race, Science and Medicine, 1700-1960

1st Edition

Edited by Waltraud Ernst, Bernard Harris


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Considering cases from Europe to India, this collection brings together current critical research into the role played by racial issues in the production of medical knowledge. Confronting such controversial themes as colonialism and medicine, the origins of racial thinking and health and migration, the distinguished contributors examine the role played by medicine in the construction of racial categories.


'This is an important book. The papers, arranged chronologically, encompass a breathtaking range of topics, and highlight exactly how controversial and contested the definitions of race remain in contemporary social science research.' - Medical History, Oct 2000

'It is a well-written, well-researched collection examining a number of issues relevant not only to the social history of medicine but also to the history of race and science in Western Society.' - Angus Bancroft, University of Edinburgh Social History of Medicine [Vol. 14 No.1 2001]

'The individual contributions are mostly of high quality and some significantly extend our knowledge of how 'race' was constructed.' - Ethnic and Racial Studies, Mark Harrison

Table of Contents

David Arnold, SOAS, University of London; Hannah Augstein; Michael Clark, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London ; Harriet Deacon, University of Cape Town; Bernard Harris, Southampton University; Waltraud Ernst, Southampton University; Mark Jackson, University of Manchester; Norris Saakwa-Mante; Jonathan Sawday, Southampton University; Matthew Thomson, University of Sheffield; Paul Weindling, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford; Mick Worboys, Sheffield Hallam University.

About the Editors

Edited by Bernard Harris and Waltraud Ernst, both Lecturers at the University of Southampton

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Social History of Medicine

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General