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Murder after Death
Literature and Anatomy in Early Modern England
Richard Sugg
Just as museum exhibits of plastinated corpses, television dramas about forensics, and books about the eventual fate of human remains provoke interest and generate ethical debates today, anatomy was a topic of fascination-and autopsies a spectator...

The Archaeology of Disease
Charlotte Roberts, Keith Manchester
The Archaeology of Disease shows how the latest scientific and archaeological techniques can be used to identify the common illnesses and injuries from which humans suffered in antiquity. Charlotte Roberts and Keith Manchester offer a vivid picture of...

Mummies and Death in Egypt
Françoise Dunand, Roger Lichtenberg
"Today, a good century after the first X-rays of mummies, Egyptology has the benefit of all the methods and means at the disposal of forensic medicine. The 'mummy stories' we tell have changed their tone, but they have enjoyed much success, with...

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 desires.

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, eleven authors combine elements of social, cultural, legal, and intellectual history to trace important changes in the ways Europeans experienced and understood self-murder.

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. Engstrom...

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 in...

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...

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 decade.

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