Disease and the Modern World: 1500 to the Present Day
Disease and the Modern World: 1500 to the Present Day
In this lively and accessible book, Mark Harrison charts the history of disease from the birth of the modern world around 1500 through to the present day.
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  • May 2004
  • 280 pages
  • 153 x 232 mm / 6 x 9 in
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  • Paperback $31.25
  • 9780745628103
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  • 9780745638010
Table of Contents

Introduction - Disease and Modernity.

Chapter 1 - Disease and Medicine before 1500.

Chapter 2 - Early Modern Europe.

Chapter 3 - Disease and Social Order: The Enlightenment and its Legacy.

Chapter 4 – The World Beyond Europe.

Chapter 5 – Disease in an Age of Commerce and Industry.

Chapter 6 – The Individual and the State.

Chapter 7 – Disease, War and Modernity.

Chapter 8 – Health for All: Affluence, Poverty and Disease Since 1945.


About the Author
Mark Harrison is Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine and Reader in the History of Medicine, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Green College, Oxford.
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'Harrison has done an especially nice job in his treatment of major historiographical trends and debates, sketching them in with a light touch, and offering compelling and clear examples of the impact and limitations of different approaches. For this, all of us teaching (and indeed researching) the history of medicine should be thoroughly grateful.' --Roberta Bivins, Cardiff University, British Society for the History of Science

"This thoroughly researched and thought-provoking book is an easy and enjoyable read...an excellent introductory text on the history of disease and medicine." --Choice, February 2005

"Harrison's book is a masterful mix of narrative and historiographic analysis. his thesis about disease and the modern state, as well as the clarity of his text, will make this an accessible book even for beginner students, yet the breadth of his research and his explication of debates will make it useful to even the most advanced student and scholar." --History: Reviews of New Books, Winter 2005

"In short, this is a well-crafted and well-written synthesis that meets the goal of accessibility for undergraduate courses."
Bulletin of the History of Medicine

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