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Medicine and culture in the nineteenth century

This collaborative volume explores changing perceptions of health and disease in the context of the burgeoning global modernities of the long nineteenth century. During this period, popular and medical understandings of the mind and body were challenged, modified, and reframed by the politics and structures of ‘modern life’, understood in industrial, social, commercial, and technological terms. Bringing together work by leading international scholars, this volume demonstrates how a multiplicity of medical practices were organised around new and evolving definitions of the modern self. The study offers varying and culturally specific definitions of what constituted medical modernity for practitioners around the world in this period. Chapters examine the ways in which cancer, suicide, and social degeneration were seen as products of the stresses and strains of ‘new’ ways of living in the nineteenth century, and explore the legal, institutional, and intellectual changes that contributed to both positive and negative understandings of modern medical practice. The volume traces the ways in which physiological and psychological problems were being constituted in relation to each other, and to their social contexts, and offers new ways of contextualising the problems of modernity facing us in the twenty-first century.

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Medicine, politics and the regulation of health in the twentieth century

Concepts of ‘balance’ have been central to modern politics, medicine and society. Yet, while many health, environmental and social challenges are discussed globally in terms of imbalances in biological, social and ecological systems, strategies for addressing modern excesses and deficiencies have focused almost exclusively on the agency of the individual. Balancing the Self explores the diverse ways in which balanced and unbalanced selfhoods have been subject to construction, intervention and challenge across the long twentieth century. Through original chapters on subjects as varied as obesity control, fatigue and the regulation of work, and the physiology of exploration in extreme conditions, the volume analyses how concepts of balance and rhetorics of empowerment and responsibility have historically been used for a variety of purposes, by a diversity of political and social agencies. Historicising present-day concerns, as well as uncovering the previously hidden interests of the past, this volume’s wide-ranging discussions of health governance, subjectivity and balance will be of interest to historians of medicine, sociologists, social policy analysts, and social and political historians alike.

Feijoo versus the ‘falsely possessed’ in eighteenth-century Spain
María Tausiet

et le corps (Paris, 1985); Jean Céard, ‘Folie et démonologie au XVIe siècle’, in Folie et déraison à la Renaissance, Colloque International (Brussels, 1976); Matthew Ramsey, ‘Magical Healing, Witchcraft and Elite Discourse 60 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 Beyond the witch trials in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century France’, in Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra, Hilary Marland and Hans de Waardt (eds), Illness and Healing Alternatives in Western Europe (London and New York, 1997), pp. 14–37; Mary Lindemann, Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe

in Beyond the witch trials
Le Bone Florence of Rome and bourgeois self-making
Felicity Riddy

the records of miracles assembled for the inquest into the sanctity of St Louis, Farmer shows that poor men were particularly associated with the body by the clerical compilers of this evidence for the saint’s miraculous powers. 41 See Le Bone Florence, ed. Heffernan, p. 24. 42 For women’s role in the care of the sick, see Carol Rawcliffe, Medicine and Society in Later Medieval England (Stroud, 1995), chs 8 and 9. MUP_McDonald_10_Chap9 216 11/18/03, 17:06

in Pulp fictions of medieval England
George Campbell Gosling

Gosling, ‘Paying for Health’, pp. 92–9. 97 Hilary Marland, Medicine and Society in Wakefield and Huddersfield, 1780–1870 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987); R.J. Morris, Class, Sect and Party. The Making of the British Middle Class: Leeds, 1820–50 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1990

in Payment and philanthropy in British healthcare, 1918–48
Kirsti Bohata, Alexandra Jones, Mike Mantin and Steven Thompson

September 1920. 18 GA, DBLI/RH/2, Minute Book, Special General Committee Meeting, 22 April 1925. The ‘Conditions of Service’ document was attached to the minutes, and thus was written before the meeting took place. 19 For examples, see Mary Wilson Carpenter, Health, Medicine, and Society in Victorian England (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2010); Colin Lees and Sue Ralph, ‘Charitable Provision for Blind People and Deaf People in Late Nineteenth Century London’, Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 4:3 (2004), pp. 148–60. 20 GA, DBLI/RH/15, Minute Book, Management

in Disability in industrial Britain
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Tania Anne Woloshyn

emanating light it could never become ‘domestic lighting’. For manufacturers, selling synthetic nature through ‘artificial sunlight’ was a risky business. A seductive ‘poison’, it was equally so for those desiring to consume it. 162 While risk, in medicine and society, is a culturally and historically specific concept, this chapter has focused on the objects and images in terms of risk, danger, and bodily damage to continue

in Soaking up the rays