Friday, June 23, 2006

Great Books in Medical History

Courtesy of BRDGT:

  • Laurel Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812.
  • John Harley Warner, The Therapeutic Perspective: Medical Practice, Knowledge, and Identity in America, 1820-1885
  • Charles E. Rosenberg, The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America’s Hospital System
  • Steven M. Stowe, Doctoring the South: Southern Physicians and Everyday Medicine in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
  • Ronald L. Numbers, Prophetess of Health: A Study of Ellen G. White (New York: Harper and Row, 1976).
  • James H. Jones, Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life
  • Judith Walzer Leavitt, Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America, 1750 to 1950
  • Judith Leavitt, Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health (Boston: Beacon Press, 1996).
  • Nancy Tomes, The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women, and the Microbe in American Life
  • Robert A. Orsi, Thank You, St. Jude: Women’s Devotion to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes
  • Leslie J. Reagan, When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867-1973
  • Keith Wailoo, Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health
  • David M. Oshinsky, Polio: An American Story
  • Barron H. Lerner, The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America
  • Gregg Mitman, Breathing Space : An Ecological History of Allergy in America
  • Allan M. Brandt, The Cigarette Century: The Rise and Fall of the Drug That Defined America


At 5:17 PM, Blogger Brdgt said...

My personal favorites are Ulrich, Tomes, and Orsi (out of the ones I've read, I'll give a full report in December ;)

At 6:34 PM, Blogger Nathanael said...

I should probably read one or two of these, just to get some sense of the field. BTW, I found an article via Project Muse by Leavitt on the presence of men in the birthing room. Thanks for the tip!

At 4:04 PM, Blogger Brdgt said...

Ah yes, her new "baby." I've been fetching episodes of the Dick Van Dyke Show and I Love Lucy for her!


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