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Sexing the Citizen
Morality and Masculinity in France, 1870–1920
Judith Surkis
Surkis shows how masculine sexuality became central to the making of a republican social order. Marriage, Surkis argues, affirmed the citizen's masculinity, while also containing and controlling his...

The Two-headed Boy, and Other Medical Marvels
Jan Bondeson
A successor to his popular book A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities, this new collection of essays by Jan Bondeson illustrates various anomalies of human development, the lives of the remarkable individuals concerned, and social reactions to their...

From Sin to Insanity
Suicide in Early Modern Europe
In the broadest treatment yet of suicide in Europe during the period 1500–1800, 11 authors combine elements of social, cultural, legal, and intellectual history to trace important changes in the ways Europeans experienced and understood...

Clinical Psychiatry in Imperial Germany
A History of Psychiatric Practice
Eric J. Engstrom
The psychiatric profession in Germany changed radically from the mid-nineteenth century to the beginning of World War I. In a book that demonstrates his extensive archival knowledge and an impressive command of the primary literature, Eric J...

Keeping America Sane
Psychiatry and Eugenics in the United States and Canada, 1880–1940
Ian Robert Dowbiggin
What would bring a physician to conclude that sterilization is appropriate treatment for the mentally ill and mentally handicapped? Using archival sources, Ian Robert Dowbiggin documents the involvement of both American and Canadian psychiatrists...

The Healer's Calling
Women and Medicine in Early New England
Rebecca J. Tannenbaum
This book, the first to describe women medical practitioners other than midwives in the colonial period, emphasizes that medical care was part of every woman's work. The Healer's Calling uses memorable anecdotes, engaging characters, and medical...

Black Lung
Anatomy of a Public Health Disaster
Alan Derickson
In the definitive history of a twentieth-century public health disaster, Alan Derickson recounts how, for decades, the combined failure of government, medicine, and industry to halt the spread of black lung disease—and even to acknowledge its existence—resulted in a national tragedy, the effects of which are still being...

From Company Doctors to Managed Care
The United Mine Workers' Noble Experiment
Ivana Krajcinovic
Krajcinovic describes the establishment, operation, and demise of the UMWA's Welfare Fund that brought mining families from the backwater to the forefront of medical care in less than a...

Deadly Medicine
Indians and Alcohol in Early America
Peter C. Mancall
Mancall explores the liquor trade's devastating impact on the Indian communities of colonial...

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