Sickness and Health in America: Readings in the History of Medicine and Public Health

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Judith Walzer Leavitt, Ronald L. Numbers
Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1997 - Health & Fitness - 587 pages
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An invaluable resource for students, scholars, and general readers, this highly regarded and widely used social history of medicine and public health in the United States is now available in a third edition. Extensively revised and updated, it includes twenty-one new essays; graphs illustrating the rise in deaths caused by HIV, homicide, and suicide; and a greatly expanded Guide to Further Reading. Entirely new sections on Sickness and Health, Early American Medicine, Therapeutics, the Art of Medicine, and Public Health and Personal Hygiene have been added, supplementing updated sections on the Science of Medicine, Education, the Allied Health Professions, Image and Income, Institutions, Race and Medicine, Epidemics, Public Health Reform, and Public Health and Medical Theory. An introductory essay and a series of historical photographs complement the articles.
  

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Contents

SICKNESS AND HEALTH
11
Miners Militancy and Medical Uncertainty
32
EARLY AMERICAN MEDICINE
45
Martha Moore Ballard and the Medical Challenge
72
THERAPEUTICS
85
The Introduction of Antibiotics into Therapeutics
102
THE SCIENCE OF MEDICINE
113
The Maturation of American Medical Science
130
INSTITUTIONS
307
The Voluntary Hospital
323
RACE AND MEDICINE
349
Roots of the Black Hospital Reform Movement
369
The Case of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study
392
EPIDEMICS
405
Social Impact of Disease in the Late 19th Century
418
PUBLIC HEALTH REFORM
435

THE ART OF MEDICINE
143
Physicians and the Case Narrative
161
EDUCATION
187
American Medical Education
200
The Case for the Woman Doctor
213
A Wisconsin Study
237
IMAGE AND INCOME
267
What Happened to It?
284
The Decline in Mortality in Philadelphia from
452
The Early Movement for Occupational Safety and Health
467
PUBLIC HEALTH AND PERSONAL HYGIENE
483
Sanitary Science
506
PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL THEORY
529
Explaining the Epidemiology
543
A Guide to Further Reading
575
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Judith Walzer Leavitt is professor of history of medicine, history of science, and women's studies and the associate dean for faculty at the medical school, University of Wisconsin?Madison. Her many books include The Healthiest City and Women and Health in America, both also available from the University of Wisconsin Press, and Typhoid Mary.  Ronald L. Numbers is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Wisconsin?Madison. His many books include The Creationists, God and Nature, and Caring and Curing.

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