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The Routledge History of Disease

By Mark Jackson Copyright 2017
    ISBN 9780367868819
    636 Pages
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    The Routledge History of Disease draws on innovative scholarship in the history of medicine to explore the challenges involved in writing about health and disease throughout the past and across the globe, presenting a varied range of case studies and perspectives on the patterns, technologies and narratives of disease that can be identified in the past and that continue to influence our present.

    Organized thematically, chapters examine particular forms and conceptualizations of disease, covering subjects from leprosy in medieval Europe and cancer screening practices in twentieth-century USA to the ayurvedic tradition in ancient India and the pioneering studies of mental illness that took place in nineteenth-century Paris, as well as discussing the various sources and methods that can be used to understand the social and cultural contexts of disease.

    Chapter 24 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license. https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.4324/9781315543420.ch24 

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    List of contributors

    1. Perspectives on the History of Disease

    Mark Jackson

    Part One: Models

    2. Humours and Humoral Theory

    Jim Hankinson

    3. Models of Disease in Ayurvedic Medicine

    Dominik Wujastyk

    4. Religion, Magic and Medicine

    Catherine Rider

    5. Contagion

    Michael Worboys

    6. Emotions and Mental Illness

    Elena Carrera

    7. Deviance as Disease: The Medicalization of Sex and Crime

    Jana Funke

    Part Two: Patterns

    8. Pandemics

    Mark Harrison

    9. Patterns of Animal Disease

    Abigail Woods

    10. Patterns of Plague in Late Medieval and Early-Modern Europe

    Samuel Cohn

    11. Symptoms of Empire: Cholera in Southeast Asia, 1820-1850

    Robert Peckham

    12. Disease, Geography, and the Market: Epidemics of Cholera in Tokyo in the Late Nineteenth Century

    Akihito Suzuki

    13. Histories and Narratives of Yellow Fever in Latin America

    Monica Garcia

    14. Race, Disease and Public Health: Perceptions of Māori Health

    Katrina Ford

    15. Re-writing the ‘English disease’: Migration, Ethnicity and ‘Tropical Rickets’

    Roberta Bivins

    16. Social Geographies of Sickness and Health in Contemporary Paris: Toward a Human Ecology of Mortality in the 2003 Heat Wave Disaster

    Richard Keller

    Part Three: Technologies

    17. Disability and Prosthetics in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-century England

    David Turner

    18. Disease, Rehabilitation and Pain

    Julie Anderson

    19. From Paraffin to PIP: Th


    Mark Jackson is Professor of the History of Medicine at the University of Exeter. His publications include The Age of Stress: Science and the Search for Stability (2013), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine (ed., 2011), Asthma: The Biography (2009), Health and the Modern Home (ed., 2007), Allergy: The History of a Modern Malady (2006), Infanticide: Historical Perspectives on Child Murder and Concealment 1550-2000 (ed., 2002), The Borderland of Imbecility (2000), and Newborn Child Murder (1996).

    "Encompassing an astonishing array of places, periods and pestilences, The Routledge History of Disease demonstrates indubitably how useful and fundamental disease is as a lens through which to view and understand human history. Essential reading for historians and health professionals alike."

    Matthew Smith, University of Strathclyde, UK

    "This book captures much of what has made the history of medicine one of the most innovative historical fields in recent decades. Its contributors respond to one of the key challenges posed to scholars in this field through case studies which are sweeping in chronology and geography and confidently demonstrate that medical knowledge is framed by the social, economic, political and cultural, and not merely biological factors."

    Jonathan Reinarz, University of Birmingham, UK

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