Medical History (Theory and History series)

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This introductory textbook presents medical history as a theoretically rich discipline, one that constantly engages with major social questions about ethics, bodies, state power, disease, public health and mental disorder. Providing both instructors and students with an account of the changing nature of medical history research since it first emerged as a distinct discipline in 19th century Germany, this essential guide covers the theoretical development of medical history and evaluates the various approaches adopted by doctors, historians and sociologists.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages185
ISBN (Print)978-1352002713
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 29 Jun 2018


  • medical history
  • history of disease
  • history of mental health
  • history of eugenics
  • history of patients
  • race and medicine
  • class and medicine
  • gender and medicine


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