Progress and Pathology: Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century

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Authors

  • Melissa Dickson (Editor)
  • Sally Shuttleworth (Editor)
  • Emilie Taylor-Brown (Editor)

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Oxford University
  • OXFORD UNIVERSITY

Abstract

This collaborative volume explores changing perceptions of health and disease in the context of the burgeoning global modernities of the nineteenth century. With case studies from Britain, America, France, Germany, Finland, Bengal, China and the South Pacific, it demonstrates how popular and medical understandings of the mind and body were reframed by the social, cultural and political structures of 'modern life'. Essays within the collection examine ways in which cancer, suicide, and social degeneration were seen as products of the stresses and strains of 'new' ways of living. Others explore the legal, institutional, and intellectual changes that contributed to modern medical practice. The volume traces ways that physiological and psychological problems were being constituted in relation to each other, and to their social contexts, and offers new ways of contextualising the problems of modernity facing us in the twenty-first century.

Details

Original languageEnglish
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages352
ISBN (Print)978-1-5261-3368-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameSocial Histories of Medicine
PublisherManchester University Press