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- Penguin Books Ltd 2003; Not Available
Mankind's battle to stay alive is the greatest of all subjects. This brief, witty and unusual book by Britain's greatest medical historian compresses into a tiny span a lifetime spent thinking about millennia of human ingenuity in the quest to cheat death. Each chapter sums up one of these battlefields (surgery, doctors, disease, hospitals, laboratories... more...
- Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 84.50
For readers interested in the development of major scientific concepts and the role of science in the western world, here is the first conceptually organized historical dictionary of scientific thought. The purpose of the dictionary is to illuminate this history by providing a concise, single volume reference book of short historical accounts of the... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 48.95
A lively and controversial exploration of ideas of the self in the western cultural tradition from the Renaissance to the present. Highly esteemed contributors analyse differing models of personal identity from a variety of perspectives. more...
- Cambridge University Press 1995; US$ 26.00
A short but authoritative study of disease, medicine and their impact on English society. more...
- Oxford University Press 2002; US$ 21.99
This fascinating story of madness reveals the radically different perceptions of madness and approaches to its treatment, from antiquity to the present day.Roy Porter explores what we really mean by 'madness', covering an enormous range of topics from witches to creative geniuses, electric shock therapy to sexual deviancy, psychoanalysis to... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 49.95
In the early modern centuries a body of popularized medical writings appeared, telling ordinary people how they could best take care of their own health. Often written be doctors, such books gave simple advice for home treatments, while commonly warning of the dangers of magic, quackery, old wive's tales and faith-healing. The Popularization of Medicine... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 150.00
Though an important figure, Cheyne has been little studied. No scholarly reprint exists of his major thematic work, The English Malady . This edition, originally published in 1991 as part of the Tavistock Classics in the History of Psychiatry series, prefaced by a substantial introduction by Roy Porter, aims to contextualize the work in respect... more...
- Reaktion Books 2003; US$ 35.95
Bodies Politic takes a critical look at representations of the body in death, disease, and health, as well as at images of the healing arts in Britain from the mid-seventeenth to the twentieth century. Arguing that great symbolic weight was attached to contrasting conceptions of the healthy and diseased body, Roy Porter shows that such ideas were... more...