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  • 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

    Anita Guerrini is Horning Professor in the Humanities and professor of history in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University. She is the author of Experimenting with Humans and Animals: From Galen to Animal Rights and Obesity and Depression in the Enlightenment: The Life and Times of George Cheyne . 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...

  • The Evolution of Forensic Psychiatry: History, Current Developments, Future Directionsby Robert Sadoff

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 97.99

    Dr. Robert Sadoff's The Evolution of Forensic Psychiatry is extraordinarily unique in that it is not intended to be a textbook or a guide to forensic psychiatry. Instead, this book is a fascinating mix of historical beginnings, current developments, representative subspecialties of psychiatry, and several allied disciplines and their impact on... more...

  • On Race and Medicineby M.D. Richard Garcia

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 64.99

    Health disparities exist between races in America. This important collection of interdisciplinary personal essays considers what neither social science nor medicine, alone, can tell us about the unequal health outcomes of various racial and ethnic groups in the United States. more...

  • The Art of Medicine in Early Chinaby Miranda Brown

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 79.00

    This book traces the rich history of Chinese medical historiography and the emergence of the medical tradition archive. more...

  • The Anatomist, the Barber-Surgeon, and the Kingby Seymour I. Schwartz

    Prometheus Books 2015; US$ 14.99

    ?Seymour I. Schwartz offers an intelligent, engaging, and incisive account of the innovative efforts of noted physicians Andreas Vesalius and Ambrose Paré to attend the mortally wounded King Henry II of France after a jousting match in 1559. Following the death of the king, Schwartz carefully maps the broader political, religious, and medical terrain... more...

  • Madness in Civilizationby Andrew Scull

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 39.50

    The loss of reason, a sense of alienation from the commonsense world we all like to imagine we inhabit, the shattering emotional turmoil that seizes hold and won?t let go?these are some of the traits we associate with madness. Today, mental disturbance is most commonly viewed through a medical lens, but societies have also sought to make sense of... more...

  • The Health of the First Ladiesby Ludwig M. Deppisch

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 35.00

    This first comprehensive study of the medical histories of America's First Ladies--from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama--discusses their illnesses, their treatments and their physicians in the context of their times. As the categories of illness afflicting Americans have changed through history so have the kinds of maladies affecting the First... more...

  • Sanitation, Latrines and Intestinal Parasites in Past Populationsby Piers D. Mitchell

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 124.95

    This book brings together experts from around the world to explore how sanitation affected our ancestors. By its end, readers will realise that toilets were in use in ancient Mesopotamia even before the invention of writing, and that flushing toilets with anatomic seats were a technology of ancient Greece at the time of the minotaur myth. While past... more...