What is Medical History?
By (author) John C. Burnham
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What is Medical History? by John C. Burnham
Book DescriptionThe field of the history of medicine and health has expanded spectacularly in recent times. In What is Medical History? John C. Burnham explores the reasons for this expansion, introducing medical history for those who know little of the subject. He sheds light on a field once written entirely by physicians, but which now attracts not only general historians but also policy makers and health care workers of all kinds. Burnham explains that people are drawn into reading and writing about five often controversial dramas inherent in the stories of: aeo healers in all times and places, from conjurers to technical specialists; aeo patients from all ages and cultures; aeo diseases, from possession by demons, to infections that expand at the rate of an inch every half hour, to subtle environmental poisons; aeo discovery and the communication of ideas, great and trivial, flawed and brilliant; aeo continuing controversies around ways that health care delivery affected societies -- and was shaped by societies and social institutions -- through the ages. Uniting all of these dramas, Burnham shows, was the tension between the forces of medicalization and the forces of demedicalization. Burnham, a distinguished and versatile historian of medicine and health, offers a colorful introduction to both traditional subjects, such as the evolution of medical instruments, and the latest controversies. In this dynamic field, he contends, the unanswered questions remain as attractive as the scholarship that gives rise to them.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745632247
(216mm x 144mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 21-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John C. Burnham
Health Care in America, Paperback (May 2015)
Burnham's sweeping narrative makes sense of medical practice, medical research, and human frailties and foibles, opening the door to a new understanding of our current concerns.
Accident Prone, Hardback (June 2009)
Technology demands uniformity from human beings who encounter it. People encountering technology, however, differ from one another. This book presents a history of technology focused not on innovations but on their unintended consequences.
What is Medical History?, Paperback (October 2004)
* What is Medical History? will be an invaluable textbook for all students of the history of medicine and science. * The second title in Polity's new series, 'What is History?', designed to be a key introductory textbook for students of the history of medicine and science.
Bad Habits, Paperback (February 1994)» View all books by John C. Burnham
Tracing the evolution of each of the bad habits, this title shows how liquor control boards encouraged the consumption of alcohol; how alcoholic beverage producers got their workers deferred from the draft during World War II; and how convenience stores and accounting firms pursued profits by pushing legalized gambling.
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Author Biography - John C. Burnham
John Burnham is Research Professor of History and Scholar in Residence in the Medical Heritage Center, The Ohio State University
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