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  • A History of Intelligence and 'Intellectual Disability'by C F Goodey

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 74.95

    C.F. Goodey traces the interplay between human types and the changing characteristics attributed to them, from the twelfth-century beginnings of European social administration through to the onset of today's formal human science disciplines. In proposing a theory of intellectual disability as historically contingent, this paradigm-shifting work... more...

  • International Relations in Psychiatryby Volker Roelcke; Paul J. Weindling; Louise Westwood

    Boydell & Brewer 2010; US$ 85.00

    Addresses a crucial period in the history of psychiatry by examining the mutual perceptions and transfer processes of conceptual, institutional, and financial resources and the migration of psychiatrists between Britain, the United States, and Germany. more...

  • Magic and Impotence in the Middle Agesby Catherine Rider

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 134.99

    Magic and Impotence in the Middle Ages investigates the common medieval belief that magic could cause impotence, focusing particularly on the period 1150-1450. The subject has never been studied in detail before, but there is a surprisingly large amount of information about it in four kinds of source: confessors' manuals; medical compendia that... more...

  • How Cancer Crossed the Color Lineby Keith Wailoo

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 20.99

    In the course of the 20th century, cancer went from being perceived as a white woman's nemesis to a "democratic disease" to a fearsome threat in communities of color. Drawing on film and fiction, on medical and epidemiological evidence, and on patients' accounts, Keith Wailoo tracks this transformation in cancer awareness, revealing... more...

  • Some Anatomies of Melancholyby Robert Burton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 7.98

    Not simply an investigation into melancholy, these unique essays form part of a panoramic celebration of human behaviour from the time of the ancients to the Renaissance. God, devils, old age, diet, drunkenness, love and beauty are each given equal consideration in this all-encompassing examination of the human condition. Throughout history,... more...

  • Flies in the Ointment Medical Quacks, Quirks and Odditiesby George Biro; Jim Leavesley

    HarperCollins Publishers 2010; US$ 11.03

    After their successful books What Killed Jane Austen? and How Isaac Newton Lost his Marbles, Dr Leavesley and Dr Biro turn their attention once again to a new collection of medical mysteries and marvels. Written with Leavesley and Biro's clinical flair and knack for diagnosing the truth, Flies in the Ointment: Medical Quacks, Quirks and Oddities reveals... more...

  • How Isaac Newton Lost His Marbles And More Medical Mysteries, Marvels and Mayhemby George Biro; Jim Leavesley

    HarperCollins Publishers 2010; US$ 11.03

    After their successful book speculating on What Killed Jane Austen, Dr Jim Leavesley and Dr George Biro turn their attention to How Isaac Newton Lost His Marbles and more medical mysteries. the life and death of this hypochondriac scientist is just one of over 50 intriguing stories of famous patients, doctors, medical experiments, disasters and triumphs.... more...

  • The Heart of Powerby David Blumenthal; James Morone

    University of California Press 2009; US$ 45.00

    Even the most powerful men in the world are human?they get sick, take dubious drugs, drink too much, contemplate suicide, fret about ailing parents, and bury people they love. Young Richard Nixon watched two brothers die of tuberculosis, even while doctors monitored a suspicious shadow on his own lungs. John Kennedy received last rites four times as... more...

  • On Dutyby Frances Ward

    Rutgers University Press 2009; US$ 39.95

    In 1886, Newark City Hospital opened a training school for nurses in New Jersey. With the dawn of a new century women began to demand rights that had been denied them, and nurses too demanded changes in health care and higher education. For the first time, On Duty offers a highly readable account of the struggle for professional autonomy by New... more...

  • Scurvyby Stephen R. Bown

    St. Martin's Press 2005; US$ 22.99

    Scurvy took a terrible toll in the Age of Sail, killing more sailors than were lost in all sea battles combined. The threat of the disease kept ships close to home and doomed those vessels that ventured too far from port. The willful ignorance of the royal medical elite, who endorsed ludicrous medical theories based on speculative research while ignoring... more...