Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History



Not too long ago, lethal infections were feared in the Western world. Since that time, many countries have undergone a transformation from disease cesspools to much safer, healthier habitats. Starting in the mid-1800s, there was a steady drop in deaths from all infectious diseases, decreasing to relatively minor levels by the early 1900s. The history of that transformation involves famine, poverty, filth, lost cures, eugenicist doctrine, individual freedoms versus state might, protests and…

Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles & Practice…



The nineteenth century saw a complete transformation of the practice and reputation of surgery. Crucial Interventions follows its increasingly optimistic evolution, drawing from the very best examples of rare surgical textbooks with a focus on the extraordinary visual materials of the mid-nineteenth century. Unnerving and graphic, yet beautifully rendered, these fascinating illustrations include step-by-step surgical techniques paired with medical instruments and painted depictions of…

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who…



Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, Steve Silberman’s history of autism draws on years of research and conversations with autistic people and their families to explore how clinicians’ understanding of cognitive difference has changed since the condition’s discovery in 1943. He also finds surprising reasons for the recent increase in diagnoses; tells real-life stories that raise awareness of the challenges faced by autistic people; and emphasizes the importance of…

Death in Childbirth: An International Study of Maternal Care and Maternal M…



This is the first international study of maternal care and maternal mortality. Over the last two hundred years different countries developed quite different systems of maternal care. Death in Childbirth is a meticulously researched analysis, firmly grounded in the available statistics, of the evolution of those systems between 1800 and 1950 in Britain, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, and continental Europe. Irvine Loudon examines the effectiveness of various forms of maternal care by…