List of Published Volumes
During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, British doctors travelled in unprecedented numbers to foreign locations where they were confronted with battlefield injuries, virulent and mysterious diseases, and complex military politics that few had encountered before. Drawing on rare manuscript sources, Kelly examines how nearly twenty-five years of sustained warfare affected the professional identity embraced by those doctors and thoroughly militarized their approach to medicine. This study demonstrates the emergence of the ‘military medical officer’ and places their work within the broader context of changes to British medicine during the first half of the nineteenth century.
The health of the stomach has always been the subject of intense medical and popular interest. Yet despite this it is an area of medical, social and cultural history that has previously been neglected as a topic of analytical enquiry. This study is the first exploration of the complex relationship between the abdomen and modern British society. It traces the development of the management of gastric conditions by various, often competing, members of the medical profession, detailing conflict between the ideas and values of surgeons, physicians, psychologists and gastroenterologists. Not simply a history of medicine, the work uses material drawn from both the medical profession and popular culture to explain why the myriad experiences of the stomach and its illnesses have regularly occupied prominent positions in British society and cultural thought. Miller demonstrates how the framework of ideas and concepts established in medicine related to gastric illness often reflected wider social issues including industrialization and the impact of wartime anxiety upon the inner body.
‘The North’ is more than just a geographical area. It is a place of cold and hardship on the one hand and of welcome solitude and opportunity on the other – a place requiring adaptation and compromise. The medical practitioners responsible for providing healthcare to the populations of these regions faced the daily hardships of surviving in such an environment but also had the added burden of negotiating between different cultures. They represented the state and external authority and brought new innovations to previously isolated communities. This volume of thirteen essays focuses on the health and treatment of the peoples of northern Europe and North America over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The ten essays in this book are concerned with the dynamic relationship between health and place. They explore a selection of historical and cultural instances in which the multiple meanings of health and place intersect. Some of these are rooted in materialist or physical interpretations; others preface the role of sentiment and affect in place attachment and illness experience; and others still delve into ontological and subjective engagements that aim to understand how health and place connect with aspects of identity, authenticity and sovereignty.
This collection of ten historical essays explores some of the complex relations between meat and human health in twentieth-century North America and Europe. Its subjects include the relations between the meat and the pharmaceutical industries, the slaughterhouse and the rise of endocrinology, the therapeutic benefits of meat extracts and the short-lived fate of liver ice-cream in the treatment of pernicious anaemia. Other articles examine responses to BSE and bovine tuberculosis, cancer and meat consumption, DES in cattle, American-style meat in Mexico and Nazi attitudes towards meat-eating. Together these papers highlight a complicated array of often contradictory attitudes towards meat and human health. They illuminate how meat came to be regarded as a central part of a modern healthy diet. And they trace a diversity of critiques of meat, meat-eating and the meat industry.