Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America

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Rutgers University Press, 2009 - History - 348 pages
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Today, pharmaceutical companies, HMOs, insurance carriers, and the health care system in general may often puzzle and frustrate the general publicùand even physicians and researchers. By contrast, from the 1880s through the 1950s Americans enthusiastically embraced medicine and its practitioners. Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio offers a refreshing portrait of an era when the public excitedly anticipated medical progress and research breakthroughs.

This unique study with 130 archival illustrations drawn from newspaper sketches, caricatures, comic books, Hollywood films, and LIFE magazine photography analyzes the relationship between mass media images and popular attitudes. Bert Hansen considers the impact these representations had on public attitudes and shows how media portrayal and popular support for medical research grew together and reinforced each other.

  

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User Review  - Allyson Dyar - Goodreads

Very good book especially if you remember all the Life magazine medical essays. If I had any quibble, I wanted to see more examples! Read full review

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User Review  - Emily Sours - Goodreads

interesting view of medicine from the layman's eye. very easy to read and very entertaining. Read full review

Contents

Medicine in the Public Eye Then and Now
3
Diseases
11
How Medicine Became Hot News 1885
45
Popular Enthusiasm for Laboratory Discoveries 18851895
75
Creating an Institutional Base for Medical Research 18901920
101
MEDICAL HISTORY FOR THE PUBLIC 19251950
123
Making Medical
154
Popular Medical History in Childrens Comic Books of the 1940s
171
Magazine Photography and
207
The Meaning of an Era
256
Radio Dramas of Medical History in Cavalcade ofAmerica
269
Index
329
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Bert Hansen, a professor of history at Baruch College, has published a book on medieval science and many articles on the history of modern medicine and public health.

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