Explaining Epidemics / Edition 1

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Overview

Medicine until recently remained a history written by and for practitioners. These essays diverge from this tradition in an attempt to view medical history within the context of intellectual and social change of the last two centuries.

Collection of the author's essays on major medical figures, history of institutions, the uses of medical history.

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"In a brief review it is impossible to do justice to Rosenberg's rich writings. Suffice it to say that we are all indebted to him for exploring the history of medicine and disease in ways that blaze new paths for others to follow." Bulletin of the History of Medicine

"In a brief review it is impossible to do justice to Rosenberg's rich writings. Suffice it to say that we are all indebted to him for exploring the history of medicine and disease in ways that blaze new paths for others to follow." Bulletin of the History of Medicine

"Indeed, the very question Rosenberg raises, namely, 'Why care about the history of medicine?' not only reverberates through a number of his essays, but his carefully framed analyses conclusively demonstrate the utility of a historical perspective in sifting through the various components of our contemporary health crisis. These essays demand attentive reading; one hopes they will stimulate furthyer reflection and generate additional studies. Journal of the American Medical Association

"Indeed, the very question Rosenberg raises, namely, 'Why care about the history of medicine?' not only reverberates through a number of his essays, but his carefully framed analyses conclusively demonstrate the utility of a historical perspective in sifting through the various components of our contemporary health crisis. These essays demand attentive reading; one hopes they will stimulate further reflection and generate additional studies. Journal of the American Medical Association

"I would suggest this work to anyone in the health profession as a much needed grounding for her or his education. We cannot know who we are without knowing where we have been, and Rosenberg provides us with some useful guideposts." The Library Letter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521395694
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why care about the history of medicine? 1
I Ideas as actors
1 The therapeutic revolution: Medicine, meaning, and social change in nineteenth-century America 9
2 Medical text and social context: Explaining William Buchan's Domestic Medicine 32
3 John Gunn: Everyman's physician 57
4 Body and mind in nineteenth-century medicine: Some clinical origins of the neurosis construct 74
5 Florence Nightingale on contagion: The hospital as moral universe 90
6 Cholera in nineteenth-century Europe: A tool for social and economic analysis 109
II Institutions and medical care
7 The practice of medicine in New York a century ago 125
8 Social class and medical care in nineteenth-century America: The rise and fall of the dispensary 155
9 From almshouse to hospital: The shaping of Philadelphia General Hospital 178
10 Making it in urban medicine: A career in the age of scientific medicine 215
III The past in the present: Using medical history
11 The crisis in psychiatric legitimacy: Reflections on psychiatry, medicine, and public policy 245
12 Disease and social order in America: Perceptions and expectations 258
13 What is an epidemic? AIDS in historical perspective 278
14 Explaining epidemics 293
15 Framing disease: Illness, society, and history 305
16 Looking backward, thinking forward: The roots of hospital crisis 319
Index 342
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