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Delivered by Midwives - African American Midwifery in the Twentieth-Century South (Paperback): Jenny M. Luke Delivered by Midwives - African American Midwifery in the Twentieth-Century South (Paperback)
Jenny M. Luke
R722 Discovery Miles 7 220 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Catchin' babies was merely one aspect of the broad role of African American midwives in the twentieth-century South. Yet, little has been written about the type of care they provided or how midwifery and maternity care evolved under the increasing presence of local and federal health care structures. Using evidence from nursing, medical, and public health journals of the era; primary sources from state and county departments of health; and personal accounts from varied practitioners, Delivered by Midwives: African American Midwifery in the Twentieth-Century South provides a new perspective on the childbirth experience of African American women and their maternity care providers during the twentieth century. Author Jenny M. Luke moves beyond the usual racial dichotomies to expose a more complex shift in childbirth culture, revealing the changing expectations and agency of African American women in their rejection of a two-tier maternity care system and their demands to be part of an inclusive, desegregated society. Moreover, Luke illuminates valuable aspects of a maternity care model previously discarded in the name of progress. High maternal and infant mortality rates led to the passage of the Sheppard-Towner Maternity and Infancy Protection Act in 1921. This marked the first attempt by the federal government to improve the welfare of mothers and babies. Almost a century later, concern about maternal mortality and persistent racial disparities have forced a reassessment. Elements of the long-abandoned care model are being reincorporated into modern practice, answering current health care dilemmas by heeding lessons from the past.

The Empress and the English Doctor - How Catherine the Great defied a deadly virus (Hardcover): Lucy Ward The Empress and the English Doctor - How Catherine the Great defied a deadly virus (Hardcover)
Lucy Ward
R498 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R79 (16%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

A TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2022 SO FAR 'Sparkling history...with a fairytale atmosphere of sleigh rides, royal palaces and heroic risk-taking' The Times 'It is hard to imagine a more timely or important book... a must-read' Jojo Moyes A killer virus...an all-powerful Empress...an encounter cloaked in secrecy...the astonishing true story. Within living memory, smallpox was a dreaded disease. Over human history it has killed untold millions. Back in the eighteenth century, as epidemics swept Europe, the first rumours emerged of an effective treatment: a mysterious method called inoculation. But a key problem remained: convincing people to accept the preventative remedy, the forerunner of vaccination. Arguments raged over risks and benefits, and public resistance ran high. As smallpox ravaged her empire and threatened her court, Catherine the Great took the momentous decision to summon the Quaker physician Thomas Dimsdale to St Petersburg to carry out a secret mission that would transform both their lives. Lucy Ward expertly unveils the extraordinary story of Enlightenment ideals, female leadership and the fight to promote science over superstition. 'A rich and wonderfully urgent work of history' Tristram Hunt

Tentamen Medicum Inaugurale De Usu Corticis Peruviani in Febribus Intermittentibus (Latin, Paperback): George Brown Tentamen Medicum Inaugurale De Usu Corticis Peruviani in Febribus Intermittentibus (Latin, Paperback)
George Brown
R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Medicine Women - The Story of the First Native American Nursing School (Paperback): Jim Kristofic Medicine Women - The Story of the First Native American Nursing School (Paperback)
Jim Kristofic
R564 R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Save R82 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

After the Indian wars, many Americans still believed that the only good Indian was a dead Indian. But at Ganado Mission in the Navajo country of northern Arizona, a group of missionaries and doctors-who cared less about saving souls and more about saving lives-chose a different way and persuaded the local parents and medicine men to allow them to educate their daughters as nurses. The young women struggled to step into the world of modern medicine, but they knew they might become nurses who could build a bridge between the old ways and the new. In this detailed history Jim Kristofic traces the story of Ganado Mission on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Kristofic's personal connection with the community creates a nuanced historical understanding that blends engaging narrative with careful scholarship to share the stories of the people and their commitment to this place.

How The Brain Lost Its Mind - Sex, Hysteria and the Riddle of Mental Illness (Paperback, Main): Allan Ropper How The Brain Lost Its Mind - Sex, Hysteria and the Riddle of Mental Illness (Paperback, Main)
Allan Ropper
R243 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R40 (16%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

'Hugely entertaining' Guardian 'Fascinating' Mail on Sunday In 1882, Jean-Martin Charcot was the premiere physician in Paris, having just established a neurology clinic at the infamous Salpetriere Hospital, a place that was called a 'grand asylum of human misery'. Assessing the dismal conditions, he quickly upgraded the facilities, and in doing so, revolutionized the treatment of mental illness. Many of Charcot's patients had neurosyphilis (the advanced form of syphilis), a disease of mad poets, novelists, painters, and musicians, and a driving force behind the overflow of patients in Europe's asylums. A sexually transmitted disease, it is known as 'the great imitator' since its symptoms resemble those of almost any biological disease or mental illness. It is also the perfect lens through which to peel back the layers to better understand the brain and the mind. Yet, Charcot's work took a bizarre turn when he brought mesmerism - hypnotism - into his clinic, abandoning his pursuit of the biological basis of illness in favour of the far sexier and theatrical treatment of female 'hysterics', whose symptoms mimic those seen in brain disease, but were elusive in origin. This and a general fear of contagion set the stage for Sigmund Freud, whose seductive theory, Freudian analysis, brought sex and hysteria onto the psychiatrist couch, leaving the brain behind. How The Brain Lost Its Mind tells this rich and compelling story, and raises a host of philosophical and practical questions. Are we any closer to understanding the difference between a sick mind and a sick brain? The real issue remains: where should neurology and psychiatry converge to explore not just the brain, but the nature of the human psyche?

Brain and Art - From Aesthetics to Therapeutics (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Bruno Colombo Brain and Art - From Aesthetics to Therapeutics (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Bruno Colombo
R3,277 Discovery Miles 32 770 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book analyzes and discusses in detail art therapy, a specific tool used to sustain health in affective developments, rehabilitation, motor skills and cognitive functions. Art therapy is based on the assumption that the process of making art (music, dance, painting) sparks emotions and enhances brain activity. Art therapy is used to encourage personal growth, facilitate particular brain areas or activity patterns, and improve neural connectivity. Treating neurological diseases using artistic strategies offers us a unique option for engaging brain structural networks that enhance the brain's ability to form new connections. Based on brain plasticity, art therapy has the potential to increase our repertoire for treating neurological diseases. Neural substrates are the basis of complex emotions relative to art experiences, and involve a widespread activation of cognitive and motor systems. Accordingly, art therapy has the capacity to modulate behavior, cognition, attention and movement. In this context, art therapy can offer effective tools for improving general well-being, quality of life and motivation in connection with neurological diseases. The book discusses art therapy as a potential group of techniques for the treatment of neurological disturbances and approaches the relationship between humanistic disciplines and neurology from a holistic perspective, reflecting the growing interest in this interconnection.

Twins in Early Modern English Drama and Shakespeare (Paperback): Daisy Murray Twins in Early Modern English Drama and Shakespeare (Paperback)
Daisy Murray
R942 Discovery Miles 9 420 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This volume investigates the early modern understanding of twinship through new readings of plays, informed by discussions of twins appearing in such literature as anatomy tracts, midwifery manuals, monstrous birth broadsides, and chapbooks. The book contextualizes such dramatic representations of twinship, investigating contemporary discussions about twins in medical and popular literature and how such dialogues resonate with the twin characters appearing on the early modern stage. Garofalo demonstrates that, in this period, twin births were viewed as biologically aberrant and, because of this classification, authors frequently attempt to explain the phenomenon in ways which call into question the moral and constitutional standing of both the parents and the twins themselves. In line with current critical studies on pregnancy and the female body, discussions of twin births reveal a distrust of the mother and the processes surrounding twin conception; however, a corresponding suspicion of twins also emerges, which monstrous birth pamphlets exemplify. This book analyzes the representation of twins in early modern drama in light of this information, moving from tragedies through to comedies. This progression demonstrates how the dramatic potential inherent in the early modern understanding of twinship is capitalized on by playwrights, as negative ideas about twins can be seen transitioning into tragic and tragicomic depictions of twinship. However, by building toward a positive, comic representation of twins, the work additionally suggests an alternate interpretation of twinship in this period, which appreciates and celebrates twins because of their difference. The volume will be of interest to those studying Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in relation to the History of Emotions, the Body, and the Medical Humanities.

Influenza and Public Health - Learning from Past Pandemics (Paperback): Tamara Giles-Vernick, Susan Craddock, Jennifer Gunn Influenza and Public Health - Learning from Past Pandemics (Paperback)
Tamara Giles-Vernick, Susan Craddock, Jennifer Gunn
R980 Discovery Miles 9 800 Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Major influenza pandemics pose a constant threat. As evidenced by recent H5N1 avian flu and novel H1N1, influenza outbreaks can come in close succession, yet differ in their transmission and impact. With accelerated levels of commercial and population mobility, new forms of flu virus can also spread across the globe with unprecedented speed. Responding quickly and adequately to each outbreak becomes imperative on the part of governments and global public health organizations, but the difficulties of doing so are legion. One tool for pandemic planning is analysis of responses to past pandemics that provide insight into productive ways forward. This book investigates past influenza pandemics in light of today's, so as to afford critical insights into possible transmission patterns, experiences, mistakes, and interventions. It explores several pandemics over the past century, from the infamous 1918 Spanish Influenza, the avian flu epidemic of 2003, and the novel H1N1 pandemic of 2009, to lesser-known outbreaks such as the 1889-90 influenza pandemic and the Hong Kong Flu of 1968. Contributors to the volume examine cases from a wide range of disciplines, including history, sociology, epidemiology, virology, geography, and public health, identifying patterns that cut across pandemics in order to guide contemporary responses to infectious outbreaks.

A History of the Brain - From Stone Age surgery to modern neuroscience (Paperback): Andrew P. Wickens A History of the Brain - From Stone Age surgery to modern neuroscience (Paperback)
Andrew P. Wickens
R1,093 Discovery Miles 10 930 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A History of the Brain tells the full story of neuroscience, from antiquity to the present day. It describes how we have come to understand the biological nature of the brain, beginning in prehistoric times, and progressing to the twentieth century with the development of Modern Neuroscience. This is the first time a history of the brain has been written in a narrative way, emphasizing how our understanding of the brain and nervous system has developed over time, with the development of the disciplines of anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, psychology and neurosurgery. The book covers: beliefs about the brain in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome the Medieval period, Renaissance and Enlightenment the nineteenth century the most important advances in the twentieth century and future directions in neuroscience. The discoveries leading to the development of modern neuroscience gave rise to one of the most exciting and fascinating stories in the whole of science. Written for readers with no prior knowledge of the brain or history, the book will delight students, and will also be of great interest to researchers and lecturers with an interest in understanding how we have arrived at our present knowledge of the brain.

Tableau Naturel Des Rapports Qui Existent Entre Dieu, L'homme & Univers (French, Paperback): Louis Claude De Saint-Martin Tableau Naturel Des Rapports Qui Existent Entre Dieu, L'homme & Univers (French, Paperback)
Louis Claude De Saint-Martin
R546 Discovery Miles 5 460 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Tentamen Medicum Inaugurale, De Ista Herniae Uterinae Specie Quae Retro-Versio Uteri Vulgo Dicitur (Latin, Paperback): Thomas... Tentamen Medicum Inaugurale, De Ista Herniae Uterinae Specie Quae Retro-Versio Uteri Vulgo Dicitur (Latin, Paperback)
Thomas Gill
R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
La Cause De L'humanite, Referee Au Tribunal Du Bon Sens & De La Raison, Ou Traite Sur Les Accouchemens Par Les Femmes.... La Cause De L'humanite, Referee Au Tribunal Du Bon Sens & De La Raison, Ou Traite Sur Les Accouchemens Par Les Femmes. Ouvrage Tres-Utile Aux Sages-Femmes, & Tres-Interessant Pour Les Familles (French, Paperback)
Elizabeth Nihell
R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Tentamen Medicum Inaugurale, De Scrophula (Latin, Paperback): Thomas Westrop Tentamen Medicum Inaugurale, De Scrophula (Latin, Paperback)
Thomas Westrop
R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
William Hunter and his Eighteenth-Century Cultural Worlds - The Anatomist and the Fine Arts (Paperback): Helen McCormack William Hunter and his Eighteenth-Century Cultural Worlds - The Anatomist and the Fine Arts (Paperback)
Helen McCormack
R938 Discovery Miles 9 380 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The eminent physician and anatomist Dr William Hunter (1718-1783) made an important and significant contribution to the history of collecting and the promotion of the fine arts in Britain in the eighteenth century. Born at the family home in East Calderwood, he matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1731 and was greatly influenced by some of the most important philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment, including Francis Hutcheson (1694-1746). He quickly abandoned his studies in theology for Medicine and, in 1740, left Scotland for London where he steadily acquired a reputation as an energetic and astute practitioner; he combined his working life as an anatomist successfully with a wide range of interests in natural history, including mineralogy, conchology, botany and ornithology; and in antiquities, books, medals and artefacts; in the fine arts, he worked with artists and dealers and came to own a number of beautiful oil paintings and volumes of extremely fine prints. He built an impressive school of anatomy and a museum which housed these substantial and important collections. William Hunter's life and work is the subject of this book, a cultural-anthropological account of his influence and legacy as an anatomist, physician, collector, teacher and demonstrator. Combining Hunter's lectures to students of anatomy with his teaching at the St Martin's Lane Academy, his patronage of artists, such as Robert Edge Pine, George Stubbs and Johan Zoffany, and his associations with artists at the Royal Academy of Arts, the book positions Hunter at the very centre of artistic, scientific and cultural life in London during the period, presenting a sustained and critical account of the relationship between anatomy and artists over the course of the long eighteenth century.

Social Class and Mental Illness in Northern Europe (Paperback): Petteri Pietikainen, Jesper Vaczy Kragh Social Class and Mental Illness in Northern Europe (Paperback)
Petteri Pietikainen, Jesper Vaczy Kragh
R934 Discovery Miles 9 340 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book examines the relationship between social class and mental illness in Northern Europe during the 20th century. Contributors explore the socioeconomic status of mental patients, the possible influence of social class on the diagnoses and treatment they received in psychiatric institutions, and how social class affected the ways in which the problems of minorities, children and various 'deviants' and 'misfits' were evaluated and managed by mental health professionals. The basic message of the book is that, even in developing welfare states founded on social equality, social class has been a significant factor that has affected mental health in many different ways - and still does.

Tentamen Pathologicum Inaugurale De Prognosi in Febribus (Latin, Paperback): Sylas Neville Tentamen Pathologicum Inaugurale De Prognosi in Febribus (Latin, Paperback)
Sylas Neville
R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Medicine, Health and Being Human (Paperback): Lesa Scholl Medicine, Health and Being Human (Paperback)
Lesa Scholl
R942 Discovery Miles 9 420 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Medicine, Health and Being Human begins a conversation to explore how the medical has defined us: that is, the ways in which perspectives of medicine and health have affected cultural understandings of what it means to be human. With chapters that span from the early modern period through to the contemporary world, and are drawn from a range of disciplines, this volume holds that incremental historical and cultural influences have brought about an understanding of humanity in which the medical is ingrained, consciously or unconsciously, usually as a mode of legitimisation. Divided into three parts, the book follows a narrative path from the integrity of the human soul, through to the integrity of the material human body, then finally brought together through engaging with end-of-life responses. Part 1 examines the move from spirituality to psychiatry in terms of the way medical science has influenced cultural understandings of the mind. Part 2 interrogates the role that medicine has played in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in constructing and deconstructing the self and other, including the fusion of visual objectivity and the scientific gaze in constructing perceptions of humanity. Part 3 looks at the limits of medicine when the integrity of one body breaks down. It contends with the ultimate question of the extent to which humanity is confined within the integrity of the human body, and how medicine and the humanities work together toward responding to the finality of death. This is a valuable contribution for all those interested in the medical humanities, history of medicine, history of ideas and the social approaches to health and illness.

Gaspare Tagliacozzi and Early Modern Surgery - Faces, Men, and Pain (Hardcover): Paolo Savoia Gaspare Tagliacozzi and Early Modern Surgery - Faces, Men, and Pain (Hardcover)
Paolo Savoia
R2,856 Discovery Miles 28 560 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book uses the work of Bolognese physician and anatomist Gaspare Tagliacozzi to explore the social and cultural history of early modern surgery. It discusses how Italian and European surgeons' attitudes to health and beauty - and how patients' gender - shaped views on the public appearance of the human body. In 1597, Gaspare Tagliacozzi published a two-volume book on reconstructive surgery of the mutilated parts of the face. Studying Tagliacozzi's surgery in context corrects widespread views about the birth of plastic surgery. Through a combination of cultural history, microhistory, historical epistemology, and gender history, this book describes the practice and practitioners considered to be at the periphery of the "Scientific Revolution." Historical themes covered include the writing of individual cases, hegemonic and subaltern forms of masculinity, concepts of the natural and the artificial, emotional communities and moral economies of pain, and the historical anthropology of the culture of beauty and the face and its disfigurements. The book is essential reading for upper-level students, postgraduates, and scholars working on the history of medicine and surgery, the history of the body, and gender and cultural history. It will also appeal to those interested in the history of beauty, urban studies and the Renaissance period more generally.

The Fever - How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years (Paperback): Sonia Shah The Fever - How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years (Paperback)
Sonia Shah
R532 Discovery Miles 5 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In recent years, malaria has emerged as a cause celebre for voguish philanthropists. Bill Gates, Bono, and Laura Bush are only a few of the personalities who have opened their pocketbooks in hopes of eradicating the scourge. How does a parasitic disease that we've known how to prevent for more than a century still infect three hundred million people every year, killing nearly one million of them? In "The Fever"," " the journalist Sonia Shah sets out to answer this question, delivering a timely, inquisitive chronicle of the illness and its influence on human lives. "The Fever" captures the curiously fascinating, devastating history of this long-standing thorn in the side of humanity.

Bodies, Speech, and Reproductive Knowledge in Early Modern England (Paperback): Sara D. Luttfring Bodies, Speech, and Reproductive Knowledge in Early Modern England (Paperback)
Sara D. Luttfring
R935 Discovery Miles 9 350 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This volume examines early modern representations of women's reproductive knowledge through new readings of plays, monstrous birth pamphlets, medical treatises, court records, histories, and more, which are often interpreted as depicting female reproductive bodies as passive, silenced objects of male control and critique. Luttfring argues instead that these texts represent women exercising epistemological control over reproduction through the stories they tell about their bodies and the ways they act these stories out, combining speech and physical performance into what Luttfring calls 'bodily narratives.' The power of these bodily narratives extends beyond knowledge of individual bodies to include the ways that women's stories about reproduction shape the patriarchal identities of fathers, husbands, and kings. In the popular print and theater of early modern England, women's bodies, women's speech, and in particular women's speech about their bodies perform socially constitutive work: constructing legible narratives of lineage and inheritance; making and unmaking political alliances; shaping local economies; and defining/delimiting male socio-political authority in medical, royal, familial, judicial, and economic contexts. This book joins growing critical discussion of how female reproductive bodies were used to represent socio-political concerns and will be of interest to students and scholars working in early modern literature and culture, women's history, and the history of medicine.

The British Anti-Psychiatrists - From Institutional Psychiatry to the Counter-Culture, 1960-1971 (Paperback): Oisin Wall The British Anti-Psychiatrists - From Institutional Psychiatry to the Counter-Culture, 1960-1971 (Paperback)
Oisin Wall
R933 Discovery Miles 9 330 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The British anti-psychiatric group, which formed around R.D. Laing, David Cooper, and Aaron Esterson in the 1960s, burned bright, but briefly, and has left a long legacy. This book follows their practical, social, and theoretical trajectory away from the structured world of institutional psychiatry and into the social chaos of the counter-culture. It explores the rapidly changing landscape of British psychiatry in the mid-Twentieth Century and the apparently structureless organisation of the part of the counter-culture that clustered around the anti-psychiatrists, including the informal power structures that it produced. The book also problematizes this trajectory, examining how the anti-psychiatrists distanced themselves from institutional psychiatry while building links with some of the most important people in post-war psychiatry and psychoanalysis. The anti-psychiatrists bridged the gap between psychiatry and the counter-culture, and briefly became legitimate voices in both. Wall argues that their synthesis of disparate discourses was one of their strengths, but also contributed to the group's collapse. The British Anti-Psychiatrists offers original historical expositions of the Villa 21 experiment and the Anti-University. Finally, it proposes a new reading of anti-psychiatric theory, displacing Laing from his central position and looking at their work as an unfolding conversation within a social network.

Plague, Print, and the Reformation - The German Reform of Healing, 1473 1573 (Paperback): Erik A. Heinrichs Plague, Print, and the Reformation - The German Reform of Healing, 1473 1573 (Paperback)
Erik A. Heinrichs
R942 Discovery Miles 9 420 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book surveys a neglected set of sources, German plague prints and treatises published between 1473 and 1573, in order to explore the intertwined histories of plague, print, medicine and religion during the Reformation era. It argues that a particularly German reform of healing flourished in printed texts during the Renaissance and Reformation as physicians and clerics devised innovative responses to the era's persistent epidemics. These reforms are "German" since they reflect the innovative trends that originated in or were particularly strong within German-speaking lands, including the rapid growth of vernacular print, Protestantism, and new interest in alchemy and the native plants of Northern Europe that were unknown to the ancients. Their reforms are also "German" in the sense that they unfolded mainly in vernacular print, which encouraged physicians to produce local knowledge, grounded in personal experience and local observations as much as universal theories. This book contributes to the history of medicine and science by tracing the growth of more empirical forms of medical knowledge. It also contributes to the history of the Renaissance and Reformation by uncovering the innovative contributions of various forgotten physicians. This book presents the broadest study of German plague treatises in any language.

Pathology in Practice - Diseases and Dissections in Early Modern Europe (Paperback): Silvia De Renzi, Marco Bresadola, Maria... Pathology in Practice - Diseases and Dissections in Early Modern Europe (Paperback)
Silvia De Renzi, Marco Bresadola, Maria Conforti
R947 Discovery Miles 9 470 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Post-mortems may have become a staple of our TV viewing, but the long history of this practice is still little known. This book provides a fresh account of the dissections that took place across early modern Europe on those who had died of a disease or in unclear circumstances. Drawing on different approaches and on sources as varied as notes taken at the dissection table, legal records and learned publications, the chapters explore how autopsies informed the understanding of pathology of all those involved. With a broad geography, including Rome, Amsterdam and Geneva, the book recaptures the lost worlds of physicians, surgeons, patients, families and civic authorities as they used corpses to understand diseases and make sense of suffering. The evidence from post-mortems was not straightforward, but between 1500 and 1750 medical practitioners rose to the challenge, proposing various solutions to the difficulties they encountered and creating a remarkable body of knowledge. The book shows the scope and diversity of this tradition and how laypeople contributed their knowledge and expectations to the wide-ranging exchanges stimulated by the opening of bodies.

Healthy Boundaries - Property, Law, and Public Health in England and Wales, 1815-1872 (Hardcover): James G Hanley Healthy Boundaries - Property, Law, and Public Health in England and Wales, 1815-1872 (Hardcover)
James G Hanley
R2,208 Discovery Miles 22 080 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book argues that the legacies of nineteenth-century public health in England and Wales were not just better health and cleaner cities but also new ideas of property and people. Between 1815 and 1872, the work of public healthactivists led to multiple redefinitions of both, shifting the boundaries between public and private nuisances, public and private services, taxable and nontaxable property, cities and suburbs, the state and the individual, and, finally, between different kinds of individuals. These boundary-making processes were themselves inflected by different material, political, and ideological developments in the areas of disease, demography, democracy, and domesticity. The changes in boundaries manifested themselves in the creation of new nuisance laws and in the minute control by the state of private domestic arrangements. Most important, these changes also promoted a radical shiftin ideas on who should bear financial responsibility for the health of others, stimulating in the process a controversy on the nature of community. Public health thus served as an important, if contradictory, site in the creationof communities, enhancing the right to health for some while simultaneously restricting in the name of health the privacy rights of others. Relying on underused legal sources, this book presents a fresh view of the local originsand legal and political significance of the public health movement of the nineteenth century. James G. Hanley is associate professor of history at the University of Winnipeg.

Social Class and Mental Illness in Northern Europe (Hardcover): Petteri Pietikainen, Jesper Vaczy Kragh Social Class and Mental Illness in Northern Europe (Hardcover)
Petteri Pietikainen, Jesper Vaczy Kragh
R2,846 Discovery Miles 28 460 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book examines the relationship between social class and mental illness in Northern Europe during the 20th century. Contributors explore the socioeconomic status of mental patients, the possible influence of social class on the diagnoses and treatment they received in psychiatric institutions, and how social class affected the ways in which the problems of minorities, children and various 'deviants' and 'misfits' were evaluated and managed by mental health professionals. The basic message of the book is that, even in developing welfare states founded on social equality, social class has been a significant factor that has affected mental health in many different ways - and still does.

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