Health and British Magazines in the Nineteenth Century: An Annotated Bibliography

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Health and headlines were serious matters in nineteenth-century Britain. With the arrival of the perception of objectivity in medical care and an interest in scientific research about human anatomy and physiology, the Victorian reader in Britain was flooded with "new" information about the health and the operation of the human body. The aim of this book is to present a broad survey of those captions and headlines that demonstrate the evolution of popular thinking about the practice of human health. Themes of the ...

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Overview

Health and headlines were serious matters in nineteenth-century Britain. With the arrival of the perception of objectivity in medical care and an interest in scientific research about human anatomy and physiology, the Victorian reader in Britain was flooded with "new" information about the health and the operation of the human body. The aim of this book is to present a broad survey of those captions and headlines that demonstrate the evolution of popular thinking about the practice of human health. Themes of the headlines include the role of government, the effects of medical research, professionalization of medical staff and its effect on folk methods of medicine, and the maintenance of standards for public health. The periodicals, ranging in date from 1824 to 1900, were selected primarily from The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals. An introduction provides a useful synopsis of health issues during this period, and outlines major concepts and investigates the formation of essential categories still in use, such as ideas of wellness and unwellness, the meaning of care and care-givers, and the productive status of being healthy. The annotated bibliography contains 2604 entries, indexed by author and subject.

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Reference Reviews
...exhibits...thoroughness, reliability, and conciseness...is essentially a detailed bibliography of 2,604 separate entries, of contributions on a wide range of public health issues, in all the major Victorian periodicals...a rich and composite summary of Victorian journalism, this original and stimulating book also provides very accessible references to both writers and themes...an invaluable treasury of references, for most of the Victorian journals, indicating remarkably the information that is still available therein, for students today...an excellent introduction...comprehensive indexes...a book to be welcomed by reference librarians, because it contains a vast miscellany of reliable guidance.
Choice
Palmegiano arranges the articles alphabetically by journal title, then chronologically, numbers them sequentially, and annotates them. An author index (heavily indebted to Wellesley) and an exellent subject index refer to the sequential numbers.
College & Research Libraries
...should be especially helpful to those working in nineteenth-century social history.
Papers Of The Bibliographical Society Of Canada
...affords welcome access to much information in popular serials. It clearly was a labor of love for the indexer and should be a boon for the historical researcher.
Medical Reference Services Quarterly
...an excellent bibliography that supplements standard history of medicine bibliographic works...Palmegiano has written an engaging and readable history...of great value to anyone seeking access to popular thought on medical topics....
Ab Bookman's Weekly
In a detailed historical introduction, Palmegiano discusses issues affecting public health in 19th-century Britain on a decade-by decade basis, with particular focus on occupational and environmental factors, child welfare, the status of women, and conditions in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. A useful bibliographic tool that benefits from a broad interpretation of health-related material.
College & Research Libraries (C&RL)
...should be especially helpful to those working in nineteenth-century social history.
AB Bookman's Weekly
In a detailed historical introduction, Palmegiano discusses issues affecting public health in 19th-century Britain on a decade-by decade basis, with particular focus on occupational and environmental factors, child welfare, the status of women, and conditions in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. A useful bibliographic tool that benefits from a broad interpretation of health-related material.
CHOICE
Palmegiano arranges the articles alphabetically by journal title, then chronologically, numbers them sequentially, and annotates them. An author index (heavily indebted to Wellesley) and an exellent subject index refer to the sequential numbers.
Reference Reviews
...exhibits...thoroughness, reliability, and conciseness...is essentially a detailed bibliography of 2,604 separate entries, of contributions on a wide range of public health issues, in all the major Victorian periodicals...a rich and composite summary of Victorian journalism, this original and stimulating book also provides very accessible references to both writers and themes...an invaluable treasury of references, for most of the Victorian journals, indicating remarkably the information that is still available therein, for students today...an excellent introduction...comprehensive indexes...a book to be welcomed by reference librarians, because it contains a vast miscellany of reliable guidance..
Booknews
Lists and briefly describes some 2,604 articles having to do with health in British magazines of the period 1824 to 1900. Periodicals were selected primarily from . An introduction provides a synopsis of health issues during this period, outlines major concepts, and investigates the formation of essential categories still in use, such as ideas of wellness and unwellness and the meaning of care and caregivers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810834866
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

E.M. Palmegiano (Ph.D., J.D., Rutgers University) is Professor of History and Director of the Faculty Research and Sponsored Program at Saint Peter's College in New Jersey. She is the First Vice-President and President-elect of the American Journalism Historians Association. She has published widely in the field of the Victorian press.

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