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Medical History

Leper and Physician

Leper and Physician

Book Reviews

Reviews in History is an electronic publication which reviews and reappraises significant work in all fields of historical interest, covering the principal areas of the subject as taught in institutions of higher education. The reviews listed below relate to Medical History.


The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine

Edited by Professor Roy Porter
Reviewed by Graham Mooney
Authors Response

Medicine in the English Middle Ages

by Faye Getz
Reviewed by: Peregrine Horden

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Public Health

Health, Civilisation and the State: a History of Public Health from Ancient to Modern Times

by Dorothy Porter
Review by Professor Gert H. Brieger
Author's Response

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Mental Health

Masters of Bedlam. The Transformation of the Mad-Doctoring Trade

by Andrew Scull, Charlotte MacKenzie and Nicholas Hervey
Reviewed by Jonathan Andrews
Response from Andrew Scull

Suicide in the Middle Ages. Volume I: The Violent against Themselves

by Alexander Murray
Reviewed by: Ralph Houlbrooke

Insanity, Institutions and Society, 1800-1914: A Social History of Madness in Comparative Perspective

Edited by Joseph Melling and Bill Forsythe
Reviewed by: Anne Borsay
Author's Response

Suicide in the Middle Ages. Vol. II, The Curse on Self-Murder

by Alexander Murray
Reviewed by: David d'Avray

Madness, Cannabis and Colonialism

by James H. Mills
Reviewed by: Satadru Sen
Author's Response

Mental Disability in Victorian England: The Earlswood Asylum 1847-1901

by David Wright
Reviewed by Mark Jackson

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Plague, Epidemics and Contagion

King Death The Black Death and its aftermath in late-medieval England

by Colin Platt
Reviewed by Phillipp Schofield
Author's Response

Plagues: Their origin, history and future

by Christopher Wills
Reviewed by Chris Galley
Author's Response

Contagion. Disease Government and the 'Social Question' in Nineteenth-Century France

by Andrew R. Aisenberg
Reviewed by: Pam Pilbeam
Author's Response

Epidemics and History: Disease Power and Imperialism

by Sheldon Watts
Reviewed by: Michael Worboys
Author's Response

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Sexual Health and Fertility

Fertility, class and gender in Britain, 1860-1940

by Simon Szreter
Reviewed by Michael Mason
Author's Response

The Pursuit of Serenity: Havelock Ellis and the New Politics

by Chris Nottingham
Reviewed by: Lesley A. Hall
Author's Response

Sex, Sin and Suffering. Venereal Disease and European Society since 1870

Edited by Roger Davidson and Lesley Hall
Reviewed by: Virginia Berridge

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