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Romanticism and Colonial Disease, Alan Bewell

1 Romanticism and Colonial Disease
Alan Bewell
paperback, The Johns Hopkins University Press
Colonial experience was profoundly structured by disease, as expansion brought people into contact with new and deadly maladies. Pathogens were exchanged on a scale far greater than ever before. Native populations were decimated by wave after wave of Old World diseases. In turn, colonists suffered disease and mortality rates much higher than in their home countries. Not only disease, but the idea of disease, and the response to it, deeply affected both colonizers and those colonized.
In Romanticism and Colonial Disease, Alan Bewell focuses on the British response to colonial disease as medical and literary writers, in a period roughly from the end of the eighteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth century, grappled to understand this new world of disease. Bewell finds this literature characterized by increasing anxiety about the global dimensions of disease and the epidemiological cost of empire. Colonialism infiltrated the heart of Romantic literature, affecting not only the Romantics' framing of disease but also their understanding of England's position in the colonial world.
The first major study of the massive impact of colonial disease on British culture during the Romantic period, Romanticism and Colonial Disease charts the emergence of the idea of the colonial world as a pathogenic space in need of a cure, and examines the role of disease in the making and unmaking of national identities.

About Author
Alan Bewell is a professor of English at the University of Toronto.

"Romanticism and Colonial Disease is an eloquent, powerful and major contribution to a flourishing area of research, a recovery (in the archival rather than the therapeutic sense) of an entire realm of culture: for example the chapters on colonial military disease narratives and John Ritchie's view of Africa. The eloquence of its elegant middle style alone should attract readers. This book will need to be on hand when anyone does work in its fields of study."--Timothy Morton, Romantic Circles Reviews

"There are quite simply no existing books on the subject of Romantic literature, imperialism, and disease. Future studies on this period, whether literary, medical, linguistic, cultural, political, psychological, or economic will have to reckon with the intellectual range of this book."--Hermione de Almeida, University of Tulsa

"Romanticism and Colonial Disease is a work that speaks directly to many current areas of scholarly debate—in British and imperial history, in the history of medicine, in literary and post-colonial studies. It should inspire a critical reconsideration as much of the relationship between literary imagination and historical experience as between disease and empire."--David Arnold, University of London

"A strikingly original and exhaustively-documented study of British romanticism in relation to the global epidemiological crisis prompted by European imperialism. Alan Bewell's book represents a breakthrough in understanding the nexus connecting literature, colonialism, and medicine in romantic culture."--Nigel Leask, Cambridge University

"Bewell has rediscovered a vital dimension to our understanding of the Romantic period. No scholar of the period should leave his book unread."--Neil Vickers, The Wordsworth Circle

"Alan Bewell has written one of the most important and original assessments of Romanticism to have appeared for many a long year. Romanticism and Colonial Disease is new historicism at its best. Packed with detailed and original research, it refocuses the Romantic movement in a completely unexpected way, demanding that we rethink the literature with which we thought we were familiar. But it does more than this, it also changes our understanding of British culture in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century and redefines our understanding of colonialism."--Tim Fulford, Romanticism on the Net

"Bewell offers romanticists a new orientation rich with exciting possibilities. He opens the way to an understanding of colonialism not as a uni-directional action but, instead, as a dark commonality of dynamically reciprocal interactions within a process of accelerating globalization."--Karl Kroeber, Keats-Shelley Journal

"Romanticism and Colonial Disease is certainly one of the most significant works of Romantic criticism to appear in recent years. It presents us with a more complex and interesting body of work, and Bewell adds a new dimension to the colonial and historical context of Romantic literature, demonstrating ideas and strategies in Romantic writings that we simply have not hitherto noticed. This is an authoritative and scholarly account of an aspect of colonial history and literature that we will in future have to recognize in our continuing understanding of the period and its writing."--Peter J. Kitson, Nineteenth Century Literature

"In this extraordinarily important, exhaustively documented book, Alan Bewell for the first time tracks the emergence in Britain between 1780 and 1848 of an understanding of the fundamental conjunction of colonial expansion with epidemic disease, both in the colonies themselves and, more anxiety-provoking, at home in England . . . After reading Romanticism and Colonial Disease, we will no longer be able to ignore the ways in which disease infected both the bodies of numerous British Romantic writers—Bewell details the actual diseases endured by Coleridge, Keats, Percy Shelley, Thomas Medwin, Matthew Lewis, and a host of other writers during the period—and, more significantly, the cultural imagination of the Romantic period."--Anne K. Mellor, Configurations

"Bewell's book is an example of the best of interdisciplinary scholarship, a treatise on the history of medicine, medical geography, English literature, and colonial diseases. I recommend it for a wide readership, and plan on using it in my own graduate seminars. As evidenced most in the final pages, Bewell's book should be applauded for its ultimately political statement on the profoundly social causes of disease in the nineteenth century as well as today."--Susan Craddock, Historical Geography

"Romanticism and Colonial Disease is a superb book and indispensable to anyone seeking to understand either Romanticism or the medical aspects of colonial expansion."--Mark Harrison, Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Price: 19.96 USD

Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the Immigrant Menace, Alan M. Kraut

2 Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the Immigrant Menace
Alan M. Kraut
384 pages, paperback, Johns Hopkins University Press

Winner of the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award in American Immigration History by the Immigration History Society
Winner of the Book Award from the Phi Alpha Theta Society

"Fascinating . . . Kraut's narrative shows that it has always been easier to blame immigrants for epidemics than to attack the infrastructure of the disease."--New York Times

“Kraut chronicles the medical assimilation of immigrants through a series of public health and curative initiatives . . . For those interested in the public and private response to immigrant health problems, this book is a great read."--Annals of Internal Medicine
Price: 20.95 USD



3 Medical Doctors of Maryland in the C.S.A.
Daniel D. Hartzler
(1979), 2007, 8½x11, paper, index, 98 pp, Heritage Books
This work records the exciting careers of two hundred and eight Maryland physicians who joined the Confederacy. These pages also preserve an authentic picture of the Southern sentiment in Maryland, along with the medical procedures and treatments of the time. Illustrated. The object of this work is to establish a record of the exciting careers of those physicians who joined the Confederacy. These Maryland patriots served in the army, navy, and marines to preserve the freedom and independence handed down by their fathers' fathers. Two hundred and eight doctors are included in these biographies - one was surgeon-general of Virginia, one became surgeon-general of Florida, and another surgeon-general of North Carolina, while sixty-five gained the rank of surgeon. Few of these men had previous military experience and were not prepared for the incessant life and death struggle of combat casualties. Many of these heroic doctors were wounded while attending their brothers-in-arms on the battlefield; some were killed in action. These pages also preserve an authentic picture of the Southern sentiment in Maryland, along with the medical procedures and treatments of the time. Due to the scarcity of documentary material, these sketches are written at a cavalry gallop, and no distinction has been made between Maryland's native sons and her adopted ones. Information has been gleaned from national agencies, federal and private libraries, and medical institutions along with both published and private manuscripts. Numerous illustrations and a full name index enhance the text.
Price: 26.00 USD

The Greatest Killer: Smallpox in History, with a new introduction, Donald R. Hopkins

4 The Greatest Killer: Smallpox in History, with a new introduction
Donald R. Hopkins
398 pages, 6 x 9, 36 halftones, 15 line drawings, paperback, University of Chicago Press
Once known as the "great fire" or "spotted death," smallpox has been rivaled only by plague as a source of supreme terror. Although naturally occurring smallpox was eradicated in 1977, recent terrorist attacks in the United States have raised the possibility that someone might craft a deadly biological weapon from stocks of the virus that remain in known or perhaps unknown laboratories.
In The Greatest Killer, Donald R. Hopkins provides a fascinating account of smallpox and its role in human history. Starting with its origins 10,000 years ago in Africa or Asia, Hopkins follows the disease through the ancient and modern worlds, showing how smallpox removed or temporarily incapacitated heads of state, halted or exacerbated wars, and devastated populations that had never been exposed to the disease. In Hopkins's history, smallpox was one of the most dangerous-and influential-factors that shaped the course of world events.

Table of Contents
Introduction--January 2992
One- Variola Rex
Two- The Most Terrible of All The Ministers of Death
Three- Heavenly Flowers
Four- Kiss of the Goddess
Five- The Spotted Death
Six- The Great Fire
Seven- A Destroying Angel
Eight- Erythrotherapy and Eradication
Bibliographical Note
Price: 18.00 USD



5 Versatile Physicians
Fillmore Buckner
2005, 5½x8½, paper, 166 pp, Heritage Books
This book is meant to introduce the reader to a number of historically significant physicians who medical histories have ignored. As a rule, medical histories make mention of physicians who contribute to medical progress, but ignore those physicians who contribute to the political, military, literary or economic progress of the country or society. This volume makes a small step in remedying that deficiency. Included are biographical sketches of four of the five physician signers of the Declaration of Independence. Four writers represent a small sampling of the many physicians who have contributed to literature. The military has not been neglected and there are biographies of two outstanding physician-generals who made their mark as line officers. Two physicians who helped open up the west, several politicians, and even a highwayman have found a home on the volume's pages. Not all the biographies represent successes. Some of the men have been maligned by history, one's very failures forged the social security plan and the senior voting block. One died in a mental hospital, but all deserve recognition. Fillmore Buckner, MD, JD, received his B.S. and MD from the University of Washington, Seattle, and his JD (cum laude) from the University of Puget Sound School of Law. Former Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Past President of the American College of Legal Medicine, Dr. Buckner has studied and taught medical history throughout a fifty-year career in medicine. He chaired the King County Medical Society Historical Committee for three years. He has published and lectured extensively in the fields of legal medicine and medical history and is the author of Overview of the History of Malpractice, Graduate Group, 2002 Hartford. Dr. Buckner is now semi-retired and lives in Breckenridge, Co where he continues to write.
Price: 21.00 USD


John H. Ellis
248 pages, University of Kentucky Press

“A rewarding and interesting book.”—Journal of Economic History

“A marvelous book. . . . Touches on many of the important themes related to the epidemic and the emergence of the public health movement in the South. This well-crafted study should be required reading for anyone with an interest in the history of public health or the South.”—Choice
Price: 12.96 USD

Quinine and Quarantine: Missouri Medicine Through the Years, Loren Humphrey.

7 Quinine and Quarantine: Missouri Medicine Through the Years
Loren Humphrey.
144 pages, 6 x 9, Biblio. Index. Tables. 33 illus, paperback, University of Missouri Press
Presenting a fascinating overview of medicine in Missouri from the early days of epidemics to present-day technological advances, Quinine and Quarantine approaches the history of medicine as an integral part of the state's development.
Examining the changing environmental risks and diseases that threatened Missouri over the years and the role of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers as prime routes for the spread of diseases and innovations, Loren Humphrey discusses the efforts of citizens, legislators, and health officials confronting various medical challenges. He offers intriguing medical details of the past two centuries interspersed with the stories of significant historical figures and Missourians' personal accounts. He tells of the pioneers' struggles to use natural remedies acquired from Native Americans, the gory and unsanitary attempts to treat early gunshot wounds, and the common afflictions and diseases such as "swamp fever," measles, mumps, consumption, dysentery, smallpox, and typhoid that seemed beyond medicine's effects. Humphrey also discusses the significance of the discovery and reluctant acceptance of the "antifever" breakthrough now famous as quinine, as well as the lessons learned as a result of Civil War medical techniques.
Quinine and Quarantine takes readers on a remarkable journey that concludes in the present, arguably the most exciting and controversial era for medical advances. Humphrey explores new imaging techniques, laparoscopic surgery, and research on ways to overcome bacterial resistance to antibiotics. He challenges the reader to consider such compelling issues as the escalating cost of health care and the threats posed by environmental hazards. He also identifies topics over which Missourians will likely struggle well into the next century, such as transplants, managed care, abortion, and assisted suicide.
Organized chronologically in fifty-year segments and written in language free of jargon, Quinine and Quarantine offers readers a broad historical view of the medical problems and solutions faced by the people of Missouri, preparing them to cope with medical issues of the new millennium.

About Author
Loren Humphrey has published more than 160 scientific articles. He is the author of Medical Blemishes, a book of short stories, and, most recently, a historical fiction novel based on the lives of three women with cancer. Now retired, Humphrey has served as Professor and Chairman for the Department of Surgery at the University of Kansas, Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Professor and Chairman of Surgery at Oral Roberts University, and Professor of Surgery at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he currently resides.
Price: 12.95 USD

WIDE NEIGHBORHOODS: A Story of the Frontier Nursing Service, Mary Breckinridge

8 WIDE NEIGHBORHOODS: A Story of the Frontier Nursing Service
Mary Breckinridge
400 pages, paperback, University of Kentucky Press
The autobiography of Mary Breckinridge, the remarkable founder of the Frontier Nursing Service. Riding out on horseback, the FNS nurse-midwives, the first of their profession in this country, proved that high mortality rates and malnutrition need not be the norm in rural areas. By their example and through their graduates, the FNS has exacted a lasting influence on family health care throughout the world.

“A moving and provoking book.”—Nursing Times

“For anyone interested in the Appalachian people, in nursing, or in a woman who had a dream and worked with other women to make that dream a reality, this is an excellent book.”—Ashville Citizen-Times

“This will be a welcome reprint for those who want to know about a dynamic woman who rendered such a worth-while service for her people.”—Back Home in Kentucky

“No Kentuckian should fail to read this story of unequaled dedication, unyielding determination, selfless devotion, resolute courage, and exceptional adventure.”—Ashland Daily Independent

“An intensely personal account by an indomitable woman, born to the purple, who dedicated herself to delivering health care to Eastern Kentucky mothers and babies.”—Louisville Courier-Journal

“This unusual and interesting book is recommended reading for persons interested in the history of medicine, public health medicine, and international health.”—Journal of the History of Medicine
Price: 12.96 USD

The Technology of Orgasm:

9 The Technology of Orgasm: "Hysteria," the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction
Rachel P. Maines
208 pages, 26 illus, paperback, Johns Hopkins University Press
Don't let this title put you off. . .
From the time of Hippocrates until the 1920s, massaging female patients to orgasm was a staple of medical practice among Western physicians in the treatment of "hysteria," an ailment once considered both common and chronic in women. Doctors loathed this time-consuming procedure and for centuries relied on midwives. Later, they substituted the efficiency of mechanical devices, including the electric vibrator, invented in the 1880s. In The Technology of Orgasm, Rachel Maines offers readers a stimulating, surprising, and often humorous account of hysteria and its treatment throughout the ages, focusing on the development, use, and fall into disrepute of the vibrator as a legitimate medical device.

About Author
Rachel P. Maines is an independent scholar and a technical processing assistant at Cornell University's Hotel School Library. She is also the author of numerous articles in scholarly and popular publications.

Winner of the Herbert Feis Prize from the American Historical Association
Winner of the AFGAGMAS Biennial Book Award
Winner of the Science Award from the American Foundation for Gender and Genital Medicine

"Thorough, original, and surprising."--New York Times Book Review

"Full of wonderful descriptions of the 'job nobody wanted,' including photographs of early vibrators and vaginal electrodes."--Times (London)

"Feminist scholarship exactly as it should be: a work that not only illuminates an astonishing bit of herstory, but does so with a neat balance of anger, wit and humor . . . A wonderful book."--L.A. Weekly

"Exhaustively researched . . . decidedly offbeat."--New York Times

"Here's a provocative history with a chip on its shoulder and a buzz under its skirt . . . Exhumes startling facts from the underground sexual history of the early twentieth century."--Will Blythe, Mirabella

"Maines has produced an exhaustive and deliciously savage history of the vibrator-as-sex-aid . . . This fascinating and exquisitely referenced true story reads like twisted science fiction."--Library Journal

"A titillating and often hilarious account of the rise and fall (as it were) of the vibrator as a medical tool for the treatment of hysteria . . . A book that can delight as well as enlighten."--Anna Myers, Journal of the American Medical Association
Price: 24.95 USD

Hooper’s Medical Dictionary 1843 (Two Volume Set), Robert Hooper M. D. F. L. S.

10 Hooper’s Medical Dictionary 1843 (Two Volume Set)
Robert Hooper M. D. F. L. S.
(1843), 2000, 5½x8½, paper, 2 vols., 884 pp, Heritage Books
You have just found your ancestor’s medical records in some old dusty trunk and now you wonder what the terms mean. This 1843 version of Hooper’s Medical Dictionary will provide the genealogical researcher with the latest terms of medicine in 1843. An asset to your collection of genealogical dictionaries.
Price: 50.00 USD

Doctoring the South: Southern Physicians and Everyday Medicine in the Mid-Nineteenth Century, Steven M. Stowe.

11 Doctoring the South: Southern Physicians and Everyday Medicine in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
Steven M. Stowe.
392 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, notes, bibl., index, hardback, University of North Carolina Press
Offering a new perspective on medical progress in the nineteenth century, Steven M. Stowe provides an in-depth study of the midcentury culture of everyday medicine in the South. Reading deeply in the personal letters, daybooks, diaries, bedside notes, and published writings of doctors, Stowe illuminates an entire world of sickness and remedy, suffering and hope, and the deep ties between medicine and regional culture.
In a distinct American region where climate, race and slavery, and assumptions about "southernness" profoundly shaped illness and healing in the lives of ordinary people, Stowe argues that southern doctors inhabited a world of skills, medicines, and ideas about sickness that allowed them to play moral, as well as practical, roles in their communities. Looking closely at medical education, bedside encounters, and medicine's larger social aims, he describes a "country orthodoxy" of local, social medical practice that highly valued the "art" of medicine. While not modern in the sense of laboratory science a century later, this country orthodoxy was in its own way modern, Stowe argues, providing a style of caregiving deeply rooted in individual experience, moral values, and a consciousness of place and time.

About Author
Steven M. Stowe is professor of history at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is author of Intimacy and Power in the Old South: Ritual in the Lives of the Planters and editor of A Southern Practice: The Diary and Autobiography of Charles A. Hentz, M.D.

"A richly evocative reconstruction of medicine and medical practice. Stowe contrasts a traditional, community-oriented reality with the more conventional narrative of elite-oriented progress. An important contribution to American cultural history."--Charles E. Rosenberg, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

"Stowe thoughtfully and sensitively takes readers through nineteenth-century physicians' careers from medical school onward as seen from the physicians' perspective. He analyzes every aspect of their careers with particular emphasis on the relationships between physicians and the communities in which they practiced and between physicians and their individual patients."--Todd Savitt, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University

Table of Contents
Introduction: Physicians, Everyday Medicine, and the Country Orthodox Style
Sickness and Health in a Southern Place
Physicians: a Mid-Nineteenth-Century Profile
Part I. Choosing Medicine
Chapter 1. Men, Schools, and Careers
Family, Intellect, and the Manly Choice
Medical Schools and Reform: Stretching Orthodoxy
The Porous School: Apprenticeship
The Porous School: City Life and a Man's World
Chapter 2. The Science of All Life
Lectures: Synthesis and Practice
Clinics: Foreign Bodies and Appended Charity
Anatomy: Opened Bodies and the Moral Urge
The Medical Thesis: Enlightenments
Chapter 3. Starting Out
New Degree, Fresh Doubts
Calculation for Survival
The Community Chooses Its Own
First Patients, "Monster" Disease, and "Inward Satisfaction"
Part II. Doing Medicine
Chapter 4. Livelihood
Logging Patients, Seeing Race
Self-Interest and Moral Judgment
Health Talk across the Racial Divide
Livelihood, Subjectivity, and the Country Orthodox Style
Chapter 5. Bedside
Summoned to the Social Bedside
Seeing Bodies: The Physical and the Social
Changing Bodies: "Experience" and the Charm of Drugs
Borrowing, Experimenting, and Violence
The Shadow of Bedside Practice
Part III. Making Medicine
Chapter 6. The Lives of Others
Co-attendance and Conflict
Writing Orthodoxy at the Bedside
John Knox: Effacing Pain
Charles Hentz: Making Case-time
Courtney Clark: Looking for Connections
Chapter 7. Landscape, Race, and Faith
Landscapes of Knowledge
Slavery and Race
Faith: Knowing What "Passeth Understanding"
Chapter 8. Witnessing
Case Narratives: Orthodoxy's Stories
Dr. Patteson: Technique and Transcendence
Dr. Dowler: Scientist and Community
Dr. Yandell: The Eclipse of the Personal
Dr. Bassett: The Eclipse of the Professional
Epilogue: The Civil War and the Persistence of the Country Orthodox Style
Price: 45.00 USD


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