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The Politics of Madness The State, Insanity and Society in England, 1845–1914

The Politics of Madness: The State, Insanity and Society in England, 1845–1914

1st Edition

By Joseph Melling, Bill Forsythe
February 14, 2014

The discovery and treatment of insanity remains one of the most debated and discussed issues in social history. Focusing on the second half of the nineteenth century, The Politics of Madness provides a new perspective on this important topic, based on research drawn from both local and national ...

Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1600-2000

Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1600-2000

1st Edition

Edited By Steve Sturdy
September 03, 2013

Medicine is concerned with the most intimate aspects of private life. Yet it is also a focus for diverse forms of public organization and action. In this volume, an international team of scholars use the techniques of medical history to analyse the changing boundaries and constitution of the public...

Social Histories of Disability and Deformity Bodies, Images and Experiences

Social Histories of Disability and Deformity: Bodies, Images and Experiences

1st Edition

Edited By David M. Turner, Kevin Stagg
August 07, 2013

Collecting together essays written by an international set of contributors, this book provides an important contribution to the emerging field of disability history. It explores changes in understandings of deformity and disability between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries, and reveal the ways ...

In the Name of the Child

In the Name of the Child

1st Edition

Edited By Roger Cooter
November 01, 2011

In the Name of the Child explores a variety of professional, social, political and cultural constructions of the child in the crucial decades around the First World War when modern notions of `the child' were elaborated and widely institutionalised.In essays specially written for the book, the ...

Illness and Healing Alternatives in Western Europe

Illness and Healing Alternatives in Western Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Marijke Gijswit-Hofstra, Hilary Marland, Hans de Waardt
August 13, 1997

Despite the recent upsurge in interest in alternative medicine and unorthodox healers, Illness and Healing Alternatives in Western Europe is the first book to focus closely on the relationship between belief, culture, and healing in the past. In essays on France, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, ...

Insanity, Institutions and Society, 1800-1914

Insanity, Institutions and Society, 1800-1914

1st Edition

Edited By Bill Forsythe, Joseph Melling
January 11, 2013

This comprehensive collection provides a fascinating summary of the debates on the growth of institutional care during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Revising and revisiting Foucault, it looks at the significance of ethnicity, race and gender as well as the impact of political and cultural...

Innovations in Health and Medicine Diffusion and Resistance in the Twentieth Century

Innovations in Health and Medicine: Diffusion and Resistance in the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Edited By Jenny Stanton
May 31, 2002

This volume brings together cutting edge research by historians from Britain, Germany, France, the US, Japan and New Zealand. Innovative in its approach to innovation, it focuses on diffusion and resistance, and organization as well as technology. The collection features issues such as control and ...

Histories of the Normal and the Abnormal Social and Cultural Histories of Norms and Normativity

Histories of the Normal and the Abnormal: Social and Cultural Histories of Norms and Normativity

1st Edition

By Waltraud Ernst
October 19, 2012

This fascinating volume tackles the history of the terms 'normal' and 'abnormal'. Originally meaning 'as occurring in nature', normality has taken on significant cultural gravitas and this book recognizes and explores that fact. The essays engage with the concepts of the normal and the ...

Shaping Sexual Knowledge A Cultural History of Sex Education in Twentieth Century Europe

Shaping Sexual Knowledge: A Cultural History of Sex Education in Twentieth Century Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Lutz Sauerteig, Roger Davidson
October 10, 2012

The history of sex education enables us to gain valuable insights into the cultural constructions of what different societies have defined as 'normal' sexuality and sexual health. Yet, the history of sex education has only recently attracted the full attention of historians of modern sexuality. ...

Medicine, the Market and the Mass Media Producing Health in the Twentieth Century

Medicine, the Market and the Mass Media: Producing Health in the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Edited By Virginia Berridge, Kelly Loughlin
September 25, 2012

This collection opens up the post war history of public health to sustained research-based historical scrutiny. Medicine, the Market and the Mass Media examines the development of a new view of 'the health of the public' and the influences which shaped it in the post war years. Taking a broad ...

Mental Illness and Learning Disability since 1850 Finding a Place for Mental Disorder in the United Kingdom

Mental Illness and Learning Disability since 1850: Finding a Place for Mental Disorder in the United Kingdom

1st Edition

Edited By Pamela Dale, Joseph Melling
March 21, 2012

Taking forward the debate on the role and power of institutions for treating and incarcerating the insane, this volume challenges recent scholarship and focuses on a wide range of factors impacting on the care and confinement of the insane since 1850, including such things as the community, Poor ...

Community Nursing and Primary Healthcare in Twentieth-Century Britain

Community Nursing and Primary Healthcare in Twentieth-Century Britain

1st Edition

By Helen M. Sweet, with Rona Dougall
February 23, 2012

This book takes a fresh look at community nursing history in Great Britain, examining the essentially generalist and low profile, domiciliary end of the professional nursing spectrum throughout the twentieth century. It charts the most significant changes affecting the nurse’s work on the district ...

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