Science & Technology  /  Medicine & Health
The Lung Block Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9780822947868
Pub Date: 04 Jun 2024
Series: Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environment
Description:
Public health, housing, poverty, and immigration dominated social and political discourse in early twentieth-century New York, much as they do today. The Lower East Side provided an urban environment where infectious disease and other public health concerns flourished. One city block in particular, known in muckraking circles as “The Lung Block,” housed four thousand first- and second-generation Americans in dilapidated tenements where deadly tuberculosis spread uninhibited.
The Graft Hybrid Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780822947936
Pub Date: 16 Apr 2024
Description:
The global triumph of Mendelian genetics in the twentieth century was not a foregone conclusion, thanks to the existence of graft hybrids. These chimeral plants and animals are created by grafting tissue from one organism to another with the goal of passing the newly hybridized genetic material on to their offspring. But prevailing genetic theory insisted that heredity was confined to the sex cells and there was no inheritance of characteristics acquired during an organism’s lifetime.
Compound Remedies Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 404
ISBN: 9780822967255
Pub Date: 29 Feb 2024
Description:
Winner, 2022 Edward Kremers AwardCompound Remedies examines the equipment, books, and remedies of colonial Mexico City’s Herrera pharmacy—natural substances with known healing powers that formed part of the basis for modern-day healing traditions and home remedies in Mexico. Paula S. De Vos traces the evolution of the Galenic pharmaceutical tradition from its foundations in ancient Greece to the physician-philosophers of medieval Islamic empires and the Latin West and eventually through the Spanish Empire to Mexico, offering a global history of the transmission of these materials, knowledges, and techniques.
Listen To Your Microbes Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781912589395
Pub Date: 15 Feb 2024
Imprint: Liberties Press
Illustrations: Colour line drawings throughout
Description:
When we are born, we are basically sterile. By the time we die, we are more microbe than human. Microscopic organisms are essential to the development of human life.
A Nurse's Life Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781739789220
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Imprint: Liffey Press
Description:
A Nurse’s Life tells the remarkable story of one woman’s devotion to a life of care in the medical profession. Beginning her career as a midwife, Geralyn later became an authority in palliative care, but throughout her goal has always been about understanding what it means to truly care for another person. That is precisely what she does in this book: portray the essence of nursing.
Greek and Roman Medicine at the British Museum Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9780861592326
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2023
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Illustrations: 120
Description:
Strategies for the preservation of health and for the prevention and treatment of illness and disease have been discerned in the surviving written records and material remains of most societies since earliest times. Compared to the prehistoric past the evidence for the ancient Greek and Roman periods is comparatively full, though still sparse or lacking in some key areas. Most accounts of the history of Greek and Roman medicine are based on ancient medical texts.
Vaccine Hesitancy Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9780822966906
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Series: Science, Values, and the Public
Description:
The public has voiced concern over the adverse effects of vaccines from the moment Dr. Edward Jenner introduced the first smallpox vaccine in 1796. The controversy over childhood immunization intensified in 1998, when Dr.
Why My Wife Had To Die Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781915023032
Pub Date: 03 Mar 2022
Imprint: EnvelopeBooks
Description:
The terrifying fact is this: Huntington’s disease leads to physical and mental deterioration. There is no cure. It is handed down genetically, with a 1:2 chance of inheritance that cannot be determined until the disease shows itself, often not until the sufferer is in their 40s.
Imperial Bodies in London Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780822946861
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Series: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Description:
Since at least the eighteenth century, European administrators and officers, military men, soldiers, missionaries, doctors, wives, and servants moved back and forth between Britain and its growing imperial territories. The introduction of steam-powered vessels and deep-docks to accommodate them at London ports significantly reduced travel time for colonists and imperial servants travelling home to see their families, to enjoy a period of study leave, or to recuperate from the tropics. With their minds enervated by the sun, livers disrupted by the heat, and blood teeming with parasites, these patients brought the empire home and, in doing so, transformed medicine in Britain.
The Gray Zones of Medicine Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9780822946854
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Description:
Health practitioners working in gray zones, or between official and unofficial medicines, played a fundamental role in the shaping of Latin America from the colonial period onward. The Gray Zones of Medicine offers a human, relatable, complex examination of the history of health and healing in Latin America across five centuries. Contributors uncover how biographical narratives of individual actors—outside those of hegemonic biomedical knowledge, careers of successful doctors, public health initiatives, and research and medical institutions—can provide a unique window into larger social, cultural, political, and economic historical changes and continuities in the region.
China and the Cholera Pandemic Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9780822966838
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2021
Description:
Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward campaign organized millions of Chinese peasants into communes in a misguided attempt to rapidly collectivize agriculture with disastrous effects. Catastrophic famine lingered as the global cholera pandemic of the early 1960s spread rampantly through the infected waters of southeastern coastal China. Confronted with a political crisis and the seventh global cholera pandemic in recorded history, the communist government committed to social restructuring in order to affirm its legitimacy and prevent transmission of the disease.
Fat Chance Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 244
ISBN: 9781949669305
Pub Date: 23 Feb 2021
Description:
During the early 1990s, the diet drugs fen-phen and Redux achieved tremendous popularity. The chemical combination was discovered by chance, marketed with hyperbole, and prescribed to millions. But as the drugs' developer, pharmaceutical giant American Home Products, cashed in on the miracle weight-loss pills, medical researchers revealed that the drugs caused heart valve disease.
The Language of Illness Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781912589159
Pub Date: 14 Oct 2020
Imprint: Liberties Press
Description:
The practice of medicine has advanced dramatically in recent years, but the language used to discuss illness - by medical practitioners, patients and caregivers - has not kept pace. As a result, clinicians and, just as importantly, patients and their relatives and caregivers, are not able to communicate clearly in relation to illness. The upshot is misunderstanding and confusion on all sides.
Dementia is Different Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 354
ISBN: 9781925801248
Pub Date: 31 May 2020
Imprint: Australian Scholarly Publishing
Description:
People suffering from dementia need continued high-quality health care from diagnosis until the end of life. Stable relationships and wellness are the prerequisites for quality of life. In countries like Australia, this is the era of chronic illness of which dementia is the epitome.
Manufactured Bodies Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781789253221
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2019
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w and colour
Description:
Industrialisation is a notoriously complex issue in terms of the hazards and benefits it has brought to human beings in our endeavours to improve our lives. This is never more evident than in the field of health and medicine, where there are many questions about the causes and treatments of diseases we commonly encounter today, such as cancer, diabetes and degenerative age-related conditions. Are there genetic predispositions to these conditions?
Anxious Times Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780822945512
Pub Date: 28 May 2019
Series: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Illustrations: 8 b&w illustrations
Description:
Much like the Information Age of the twenty-first century, the Industrial Age was a period of great social changes brought about by rapid industrialization and urbanization, speed of travel, and global communications. The literature, medicine, science, and popular journalism of the nineteenth century attempted to diagnose problems of the mind and body that such drastic transformations were thought to generate: a range of conditions or “diseases of modernity” resulting from specific changes in the social and physical environment. The alarmist rhetoric of newspapers and popular periodicals, advertising various “neurotic remedies,” in turn inspired a new class of physicians and quack medical practices devoted to the treatment and perpetuation of such conditions.