Medicine and Modernity: Public Health and Medical Care in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Germany / Edition 1

Medicine and Modernity: Public Health and Medical Care in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Germany / Edition 1

by Manfred Berg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521524563

ISBN-13: 9780521524568

Pub. Date: 08/22/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This collection of essays addresses, in a comprehensive and critical fashion, fundamental issues in the history of medicine in modern Germany. The essays also investigate important continuities and discontinuities in German history, and between Germany and the West. The central focus of the collection is on the professionalization of modern medicine and the…  See more details below

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This collection of essays addresses, in a comprehensive and critical fashion, fundamental issues in the history of medicine in modern Germany. The essays also investigate important continuities and discontinuities in German history, and between Germany and the West. The central focus of the collection is on the professionalization of modern medicine and the medicalization of modern society. The problem of Nazi Germany is a common and prominent theme of many of the essays, partially because of its influence upon the debate over the nature of modern German government and society in relation to Western social, political, and economic development. Other topics include: the social place of hospitals in the early nineteenth century, the various forms of social Darwinism, the politics of state-run health insurance, the influence of eugenics on medicine and psychiatry, social control and "shell shock" in World War I, the history of sterilization and euthanasia, Nazi experimentation on humans, the abortion debate, and the role of former Nazis in the West German medical leadership.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521524568
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/22/2002
Series:
Publications of the German Historical Institute Series
Edition description:
FIRST/REPRINT
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction1
1To Benefit the Poor and Advance Medical Science: Hospitals and Hospital Care in Germany, 1820-187017
2From Traditional Individualism to Collective Professionalism: State, Patient, Compulsory Health Insurance, and the Panel Doctor Question in Germany, 1883-193135
3In Search of German Social Darwinism: The History and Historiography of a Concept55
4Modern German Doctors: A Failure of Professionalization?81
5The Mentally Ill Patient Caught between the State's Demands and the Professional Interests of Psychiatrists99
6Rationalizing the Therapeutic Arsenal: German Neuropsychiatry in World War I121
7Sterilization and "Medical" Massacres in National Socialist Germany: Ethics Politics, and the Law149
8The Old as New: The Nuremberg Doctors' Trial and Medicine in Modern Germany173
9The Debate that Will Not End: The Politics of Abortion in Germany from Weimar to National Socialism and the Postwar Period193
10The Sewering Scandal of 1993 and the German Medical Establishment213
Index235

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