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  • 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...

  • The Rise And Fall Of Modern Medicineby James Le Fanu

    Little, Brown Book Group 2011; Not Available

    The medical achievements of the post-war years rank as one of the supreme epochs of human endeavour. Advances in surgical technique, new ideas about the nature of disease and huge innovations in drug manufacture vanquished most common causes of early death, But, since the mid-1970s the rate of development has slowed, and the future of medicine is uncertain.... more...

  • The Rise And Fall Of Modern Medicineby James Le Fanu

    Little, Brown Book Group 2011; US$ 25.16

    The medical achievements of the post-war years rank as one of the supreme epochs of human endeavour. Advances in surgical technique, new ideas about the nature of disease and huge innovations in drug manufacture vanquished most common causes of early death, But, since the mid-1970s the rate of development has slowed, and the future of medicine is uncertain.... more...

  • Officina Hippocraticaby Lorenzo Perilli; Christian Brockmann; Klaus-Dietrich Fischer; Amneris Roselli

    De Gruyter 2011; US$ 168.00

    It has long been appreciated that ancient medicine, and above all Hippocrates and Galen, played a significant role in the development of medicine until the Age of Enlightenment, and the last forty years have for the first time seen detailed research into questions related to this. For an adequate understanding of this instructive and powerful influence... more...

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

    HarperCollins Publishers 2010; US$ 11.09

    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...

  • 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...

  • American Catholic Hospitalsby Barbra Wall

    Rutgers University Press 2011; US$ 45.95

    In American Catholic Hospitals, Barbra Mann Wall chronicles changes in Catholic hospitals during the twentieth century. Wall explores the Church's struggle to safeguard its religious values. As hospital leaders reacted to increased political, economic, and societal secularization, they extended their religious principles in the areas of universal... 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...