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The History of Medicine in Context


About the Series

For more than 20 years 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.

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at Routledge ([email protected])

 

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Gabrielle Falloppia, 1522/23-1562 The Life and Work of a Renaissance Anatomist

Gabrielle Falloppia, 1522/23-1562: The Life and Work of a Renaissance Anatomist

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Michael Stolberg
August 12, 2022

Renaissance anatomist Gabrielle Falloppia is best known today for his account of the eponymous fallopian tubes but he made numerous other anatomical discoveries as well, was one of the most famous surgeons of his time, and is widely believed to have invented the condom. Drawing on Falloppia's ...

'I Follow Aristotle': How William Harvey Discovered the Circulation of the Blood

'I Follow Aristotle': How William Harvey Discovered the Circulation of the Blood

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Andrew Cunningham
July 01, 2022

This book presents a new interpretation of how and why the discovery of the circulation of the blood in animals was made. It has long been known that the English physician William Harvey (1578–1657) was a follower of Aristotle, but his most strikingly ‘modern’ and original discovery – of the ...

The World of Worm: Physician, Professor, Antiquarian, and Collector, 1588-1654

The World of Worm: Physician, Professor, Antiquarian, and Collector, 1588-1654

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Ole Peter Grell
June 21, 2022

This monograph offers the first comprehensive treatment of the multi-faceted scholarly interests of Ole Worm, professor of medicine at the University of Copenhagen. Scholarship about Worm has focused mainly on Worm’s collecting and the creation of his cabinet of curiosity, the Museum Wormianum, ...

Authority, Gender, and Midwifery in Early Modern Italy Contested Deliveries

Authority, Gender, and Midwifery in Early Modern Italy: Contested Deliveries

1st Edition

By Jennifer F. Kosmin
May 06, 2022

Authority, Gender, and Midwifery in Early Modern Italy: Contested Deliveries explores attempts by church, state, and medical authorities to regulate and professionalize the practice of midwifery in Italy from the late sixteenth to the late eighteenth century. Medical writers in this period devoted...

Forty Days Quarantine and the Traveller, c. 1700 – c. 1900

Forty Days: Quarantine and the Traveller, c. 1700 – c. 1900

1st Edition

By John Booker
September 20, 2021

Forty Days: Quarantine and the Traveller, c. 1700 –1900 provides a timely reminder that no traveller in past centuries could return from the East without spending up to 40 days in a lazaretto to ensure that no symptoms of plague were developing. Quarantine was performed in virtual prisons ranging ...

Pathology in Practice Diseases and Dissections in Early Modern Europe

Pathology in Practice: Diseases and Dissections in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Silvia De Renzi, Marco Bresadola, Maria Conforti
December 12, 2019

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

By Erik A. Heinrichs
December 12, 2019

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 ...

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

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

1st Edition

Edited By J. Andrew Mendelsohn, Annemarie Kinzelbach, Ruth Schilling
August 12, 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...

Hospital Care and the British Standing Army, 1660–1714

Hospital Care and the British Standing Army, 1660–1714

1st Edition

By Eric Gruber von Arni
October 06, 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. ...

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

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

1st Edition

By Hieke Huistra
October 15, 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

By Christopher Williams
June 18, 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

Edited By Ole Peter Grell, Andrew Cunningham, Jon Arrizabalaga
April 30, 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...

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