Writing in The Lancet, Richard Horton called historians of medicine “invisible, inaudible, and … inconsequential”. Historian of medicine Carsten Timmermann responds. This piece is being simultaneously cross-posted at The H Word, a history of science blog hosted by The Guardian.
In a comment published in the medical journal The Lancet, ‘The moribund body of medical history’ …
The International Journal of Epidemiology just published a special supplement, edited by Anne Lovell and Ezra Susser and entitled “History of Psychiatric Epidemiology.” The supplement consists of an introduction by Lovell and Susser and five articles, the abstracts of which are below.
What might be a history of psychiatric epidemiology? Towards a social history and conceptual account
La enfermedad de Chagas en Argentina. Investigación científica, problemas sociales y políticas sanitarias
[Chagas disease in Argentina. Scientific research, social problems and health policies]
By Juan Pablo Zabala
Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina. 2010. 360 pages.
“Mal de Chagas” is a disease that affects 2.5 million people in Argentina and 8 million in Latin America. Caused by the parasite …
Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents
Duke University Press, 2012, 224 pages
by Lisa Gitelman
The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork
Zone Books, 2012, 208 pages
by Ben Kafka
Ben Kafka and Lisa Gitelman, colleagues at New York University, have both written books about the intricate nature of paper as a medium. While …
Women, Precancer, and prophylactic Surgery
by Ilana Löwy
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010, 344 pages
In April 2014, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association identified a disturbing correlation between cancer screening and “overtreatment.” Mammography, it turns out, may result in some women enduring grueling therapies that they do not even need. In fact, some …
The latest issue of Transcultural Psychiatry is devoted to the concept of “historical trauma” in studies of Indigenous peoples in North America. As Laurence J. Kirmayer, Joseph P. Gone, and Joshua Moses argue in their Introduction to the special issue:
“The notions of historical trauma, loss, and grief have drawn attention to the enduring effects of colonization, marginalization, and cultural