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  • Indian Doctors in Kenya, 1895-1940by Anna Greenwood; Harshad Topiwala

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 95.00

    This ground-breaking book offers unique insights into the careers of Indian doctors in colonial Kenya during the height of British colonialism, between 1895 and 1940. The story of these important Indian professionals presents a rare social history of an important political minority. more...

  • The Pox of Libertyby Werner Troesken

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 32.00

    The United States is among the wealthiest nations in the world. But that wealth hasn't translated to a higher life expectancy, an area where the United States still ranks thirty-eighth?behind Cuba, Chile, Costa Rica, and Greece, among many others. Some fault the absence of universal health care or the persistence of social inequalities. Others blame... more...

  • The Afterlives of the Psychiatric Asylumby Professor Alun Joseph; Professor Graham Moon; Professor Robin Kearns; Professor Susan J Elliott; Dr Allison Williams

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 104.95

    The last 40 years has seen a significant shift from state commitment to asylum-based mental health care to a mixed economy of care in a variety of locations. In the wake of this deinstitutionalisation, attention to date has focussed on users and providers of care. The consequences for the idea and fabric of the psychiatric asylum have remained 'stones... more...

  • The British Pharmacopoeia, 1864 to 2014by Mr Anthony C Cartwright; Dr Andrew Cunningham; Professor Ole Peter Grell

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 124.95

    The British Pharmacopoeia has provided official standards for the quality of substances, medicinal products and articles used in medicine since its first publication in 1864. It is used in over 100 countries and remains an essential global reference in pharmaceutical research and development and quality control. This book explores how these standards... more...

  • Medicine, Trade and Empireby Professor Palmira Fontes da Costa; Dr Andrew Cunningham; Professor Ole Peter Grell

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 134.95

    Garcia de Orta?s Colloquies on the Simples and Drugs of India (1563) was one of the first books to take advantage of the close relationship between medicine, trade and empire in the early modern period. The book was printed in Goa, the capital of the Portuguese empire in the East, and the city where the author, a Portuguese physician of Jewish ancestry,... more...

  • Foundations of Theory for Ancient Chinese Medicineby Guohui Liu; Charles Buck

    Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2015; US$ 65.00

    Discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun) and contemporary texts of ancient China form the bedrock of modern Chinese medicine practice, yet these classic texts contain many concepts that are either hard to understand or confusing. Based on over thirty years' medical practice, and study of the texts, this book explains the concepts involved so that... more...

  • Palliative Careby Harold Y. Vanderpool

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 45.00

    The long history of medical care for the dying has largely been neglected. It began in 1605 when physicians were challenged to enable persons to die peacefully. Today it includes palliation of oppressive symptoms, emotional and psychological care, and respect for the wishes and cultural backgrounds of patients and families. Especially since the 1990s,... more...

  • Another Person's Poisonby Matthew Smith

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 28.99

    To some, food allergies seem like fabricated cries for attention. For others, they pose a dangerous health threat. Food allergies are bound up with so many personal and ideological concerns that it is difficult to determine what is medical and what is myth. This book parses the political, economic, cultural, and genuine health factors of a phenomenon... more...

  • The Courtiers' Anatomistsby Anita Guerrini

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 30.00

    The Courtiers' Anatomists is about dead bodies and live animals in Louis XIV's Paris--and the surprising links between them. Examining the practice of seventeenth-century anatomy, Anita Guerrini reveals how anatomy and natural history were connected through animal dissection and vivisection. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, Parisian scientists,... more...

  • Sleep Paralysis: Historical, Psychological, and Medical Perspectivesby Brian Sharpless; Karl Doghramji

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 44.99

    Humans throughout history have described a peculiar state between wakefulness and sleep during which they are consciously aware of their surroundings, but physically paralyzed. Sleep paralysis is also commonly accompanied by high levels of fear, feelings of suffocation, and hallucinations (i.e., waking dreams). Early interpretations of this event were... more...