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  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksby Rebecca Skloot

    Crown Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.00

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells?taken without her knowledge in 1951?became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by... more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicineby Mark Jackson

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 149.99

    The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine celebrates the richness and variety of medical history around the world. In recent decades, the history of medicine has emerged as a rich and mature sub-discipline within history, but the strength of the field has not precluded vigorous debates about methods, themes, and sources. Bringing together over... more...

  • A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE (5th Ptg.)by Otto L. Bettmann

    Charles C Thomas 1979; US$ 47.95

    By Otto L. Bettmann, The Bettmann Archive, New York, New York. With a Foreword by Philip S. Hench Using pictures selected from the famous Bettmann Archive, this book illustrates and narrates the history of medicine from Egypt and the ancient East through the Nineteenth Century. The text graphically depicts the great physicians, the key inventions and... more...

  • Starvation Heightsby Gregg Olsen

    Crown Publishing Group 2005; US$ 15.00

    In 1911 two wealthy British heiresses, Claire and Dora Williamson, came to a sanitorium in the forests of the Pacific Northwest to undergo the revolutionary ?fasting treatment? of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. It was supposed to be a holiday for the two sisters. But within a month of arriving at what the locals called Starvation Heights, the women were... more...

  • 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...

  • Surgery, Science and Industryby Dr Thomas Schlich

    Palgrave Macmillan 2002; US$ 142.00

    This book charts the history of the worldwide introduction of an operative treatment method for broken bones, osteosynthesis, by a Swiss-based association, called AO. The success of the close cooperation between the AO's surgeons, scientists and manufacturers in establishing a complicated and risky technique as a standard treatment sheds light on the... 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...

  • To See with a Better Eyeby Jacalyn Duffin

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 75.50

    René Théophile Hyacinthe Laennec (1781-1826) is best known for his invention of the stethoscope, one of medicine's most powerful symbols. Histories, novels, and films have cloaked his life in hagiography and legend. Jacalyn Duffin's fascinating new biography relies on a vastly expanded foundation of primary source material, including thousands of... more...

  • The Therapeutic Perspectiveby John Harley Warner

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 61.50

    This new paperback edition makes available John Harley Warner's highly influential, revisionary history of nineteenth-century American medicine. Deftly integrating social and intellectual perspectives, Warner explores a crucial shift in medical history, when physicians no longer took for granted such established therapies as bloodletting, alcohol,... more...

  • Surgeon General's Warningby Mike Stobbe

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 34.95

    What does it mean to be the nation's doctor? In this engaging narrative, journalist Mike Stobbe examines the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, emphasizing that it has always been unique within the federal government in its ability to influence public health. But now, in their efforts to provide leadership in public health policy, surgeons general... more...