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The Routledge History of Disease draws on innovative scholarship in the history of medicine toexplore 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. The book is divided into four sections, focusing in turn on historical models of disease, shifting temporal and geographical patterns of disease, the impact of new technologies on categorizing, diagnosing and treating disease, and the different ways in which patients and practitioners, as well as novelists and playwrights, have made sense of their experiences of disease in the past.
International in scope, chronologically wide-ranging and illustrated with images and maps, this comprehensive volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of health through the ages.
"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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1. Perspectives on the History of Disease
Part One: Models
2. Humours and Humoral Theory
3. Models of Disease in Ayurvedic Medicine
4. Religion, Magic and Medicine
6. Emotions and Mental Illness
7. Deviance as Disease: The Medicalization of Sex and Crime
Part Two: Patterns
9. Patterns of Animal Disease
10. Patterns of Plague in Late Medieval and Early-Modern Europe
11. Symptoms of Empire: Cholera in Southeast Asia, 1820-1850
12. Disease, Geography, and the Market: Epidemics of Cholera in Tokyo in the Late Nineteenth Century
13. Histories and Narratives of Yellow Fever in Latin America
14. Race, Disease and Public Health: Perceptions of Māori Health
15. Re-writing the ‘English disease’: Migration, Ethnicity and ‘Tropical Rickets’
16. Social Geographies of Sickness and Health in Contemporary Paris: Toward a Human Ecology of Mortality in the 2003 Heat Wave Disaster
Part Three: Technologies
17. Disability and Prosthetics in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-century England
18. Disease, Rehabilitation and Pain
19. From Paraffin to PIP: The Surgical Search for the Perfect Breast
Fay Bound Alberti
20. Cancer Screening
21. Medical Bacteriology: Microbes and Disease, 1870 – 2000
22. Technology and the `Social Disease’
23. Reorganising Chronic Disease Management: Diabetes and Bureaucratic Technologies in Post-War British General Practice
24. Before HIV: Venereal Disease Among Homosexually Active Men in the Anglo-American World
Part Four: Narratives
25. Leprosy and Identity in the Middle Ages
26. French Medical Consultations by Mail, 1600-1800
27. The Clinical Narratives of James Parkinson’s Essay on the Shaking Palsy (1817)
28. Digital Narratives: 4 ‘Hits’ in the History of Migraine
29. Case Notes and Madness
30. Literature and Disease: A Novel Contagion
31. When Bodies Need Stories in Pictures
32. Living in the Present: Illness, Phenomenology, and Well-being