Our Present Complaint: American Medicine, Then and Now

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At a time when clinical care and biomedical research generate as much angst as they offer cures, Charles E. Rosenberg, one of the world's most influential historians of medicine, provides valuable insight into how the practice of medicine has evolved, where it is going, and how lessons from history can improve its prognosis.

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Overview

At a time when clinical care and biomedical research generate as much angst as they offer cures, Charles E. Rosenberg, one of the world's most influential historians of medicine, provides valuable insight into how the practice of medicine has evolved, where it is going, and how lessons from history can improve its prognosis.

About the Author:
Charles E. Rosenberg is the Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the Social Sciences and a professor of the history of science at Harvard University

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of American History - Elizabeth Siegel Watkins
This collection of essays, drawing on Rosenberg's half-century career as one of our preeminent historians of medicine, will be well appreciated by fellow historians and their students, but it ought to be required reading for health care providers, payers, policy makers, and patients.
Themelios - Sharon A. Falkenheimer
Our Present Complaint... is a timely book. It examines important concepts and history that people need to be aware of and think through if they seek to understand and address the many problems with the American medical system.
Journal of the History of Medicine - Thomas S. Huddle
[Rosenberg] reminds us that the problems addressed by disciplines such as bioethics and interdisiplinary communities such as that of health policy are inevitably situated and configured by a broader context to which ethicists and policy makers would do well to pay attention.
Choice
Cogently written and well documented, the book will benefit medical practitioners, and will be especially useful to those who make medical policy. Highly recommended.
Choice

Cogently written and well documented, the book will benefit medical practitioners, and will be especially useful to those who make medical policy. Highly recommended.

Journal of American History
This collection of essays, drawing on Rosenberg's half-century career as one of our preeminent historians of medicine, will be well appreciated by fellow historians and their students, but it ought to be required reading for health care providers, payers, policy makers, and patients.

— Elizabeth Siegel Watkins

Themelios
Our Present Complaint... is a timely book. It examines important concepts and history that people need to be aware of and think through if they seek to understand and address the many problems with the American medical system.

— Sharon A. Falkenheimer

Journal of the History of Medicine
[Rosenberg] reminds us that the problems addressed by disciplines such as bioethics and interdisiplinary communities such as that of health policy are inevitably situated and configured by a broader context to which ethicists and policy makers would do well to pay attention.

— Thomas S. Huddle, M.D., Ph.D.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801887154
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles E. Rosenberg is the Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the Social Sciences and a professor of the history of science at Harvard University. He is the author of The Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866; The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America's Hospital System; and No Other Gods: On Science and American Social Thought.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents


Introduction: The History of Our Present Complaint     1
The Tyranny of Diagnosis: Specific Entities and Individual Experience     13
Contested Boundaries: Psychiatry, Disease, and Diagnosis     38
Banishing Risk: Or, the More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same     60
Pathologies of Progress: The Idea of Civilization as Risk     77
The New Enchantment: Genetics, Medicine, and Society     96
Alternative to What? Complementary to Whom? On the Scientific Project in Medicine     113
Holism in Twentieth-Century Medicine: Always in Opposition     139
Mechanism and Morality: On Bioethics in Context     166
Anticipated Consequences: Historians, History, and Health Policy     185
Acknowledgments     207
Index     209
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