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  • Rewriting the Selfby Roy Porter

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 48.95

    Rewriting the Self is an exploration of ideas of the self in the western cultural tradition from the Renaissance to the Present. The contributors analyse differing religious, philosophical, psychological, political, psychoanalytical and literary models of personal identity. They examine these models from a number of viewpoints, including the history... more...

  • Patients and Practitionersby Roy Porter

    Cambridge University Press 2003; US$ 52.00

    The essays in this volume provide an unusual historical perspective on the experience of illness. more...

  • Disease, Medicine and Society in England, 1550?1860by Roy Porter

    Cambridge University Press 1995; US$ 28.00

    A short but authoritative study of disease, medicine and their impact on English society. more...

  • Flesh in the Age of Reasonby Roy Porter

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 23.98

    'As an introduction to early modern thinking and the impact of past ideas on present lives, this book can find few equals and no superiors. Porter is a witty, humane writer with an extraordinary vocabulary and a sparkling sense of fun. Whether he is quoting from obscure medical texts or analysing scabrous diaries, dishing the dirt on long-dead bigwigs... more...

  • Enlightenmentby Roy Porter

    Penguin Books Ltd 2001; US$ 27.18

    For generations the traditional focus for those wishing to understand the roots of the modern world has been France on the eve of the Revolution. Porter certainly acknowledges France's importance, but here makes an overwhelming case for consideringBritain the true home of modernity - a country driven by an exuberance, diversity and power of invention... more...

  • Blood and Gutsby Roy Porter

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 15.98

    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...

  • Madnessby Roy Porter

    OUP Oxford 2003; US$ 15.99

    What has it been like to be insane? How have the mad been treated? Is madness real or is it just a label? This fascinating story of madness reveals the radically different perceptions of madness and approaches to its treatment, from antiquity to the present day. more...

  • Bodies Politicby Roy Porter

    Reaktion Books 2014; 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... more...

  • The Popularization of Medicineby Roy Porter

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    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...

  • George Cheyne: The English Malady (1733) (Psychology Revivals)by Roy Porter

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 46.95

    ?Nerves? became a highly eligible illness in early Georgian London and Bath. What Freud was for Vienna at the end of the nineteenth-century, George Cheyne was for eighteenth-century fashionable ailments. The English Malady was one of the best known and most influential books of the Georgian age, dealing with what we would now call psychiatric disorders.... more...