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  • Blood and Gutsby Roy Porter

    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...

  • The Confinement of the Insaneby Roy Porter; David Wright

    Cambridge University Press 2003; US$ 43.00

    2003 collection of international essays exploring the rise of the lunatic asylum in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. more...

  • Dictionary of the History of Scienceby William F. Bynum; E. Janet Browne; Roy Porter

    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...

  • Rewriting the Selfby Roy Porter

    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...

  • Patients and Practitionersby Roy Porter

    Cambridge University Press 1986; US$ 47.00

    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$ 26.00

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

  • Madnessby Roy Porter

    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...

  • The Popularization of Medicineby Roy Porter

    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...

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

    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...

  • Bodies Politicby Roy Porter

    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...