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"Hansen presents material previously unexplored by medical historians, while maintaining a clear narrative style."
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This unique study with 130 archival illustrations drawn from newspaper sketches, caricatures, comic books, Hollywood films, and LIFE magazine photography analyzes the relationship between mass media images and popular attitudes. Bert Hansen considers the impact these representations had on public attitudes and shows how media portrayal and popular support for medical research grew together and reinforced each other.
"That doctors and their work routinely populate all forms of popular American culture is a historical aberration. Bert Hansen begins his illustrated account of the start of this phenomenon with the observation that until late in the 19th century, no one really wanted any more contact with doctors than was necessary-certainly not in publications intended to entertain. Louis Pasteur changed all that. As scientific triumphs accumulated, the hagiography of the doctor spread throughout the media, from print advertisements to radio spots, from comic books to adoring photo essays in Life magazine."
— Abigail Zuger
"Hansen's narrative reveals a remarkably rich engagement between laboratory work and the curiosity of ordinary citizens. Hansen's work is well grounded in primary research and includes the footnotes expected by medical historians, but at the same time it is completely accessible to any reader interested in the history of medicine. Hansen has done an admirable job of excavating the role played by images of medical progress in the popular media. Picturing Medical Progress From Pasteur to Polio is both a remarkable work of medical history and an entertaining account of medicine's golden age viewed through the eyes of the public."
— Margaret Humphreys
Part 2. A New Regime of Medical Progress
How Medicine Became Hot News, 1885
Popular Enthusiasm for Laboratory Discoveries, 1885-1895
Creating an Institutional Base for Medical Research,1890-1920
Part 3. Medical History for the Public, 1925-1950
The Mass Media Make Medical History Popular
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Popular Medical History in Children's Comic Books of the 1940s
Part 4. The Modern Imagery of Medical Progress
Life Looks at Medicine
The Meaning of an Era
Posted August 6, 2009
There is nothing as important as the visual image to capture the true spirit of these times in history. For those of us bombarded with images, from tv and the internet, this book gives a powerful insight into how images were first used to infuence understanding of medical progress.
A must read !!!!
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