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Sickness and Health in America: Readings in the History of Medicine and Public Health

Book Cover: Sickness and Health in America
Judith W. Leavitt (Co-editor), Ronald L. Numbers (Co-editor). Sickness and Health in America: Readings in the History of Medicine and Public Health. University of Wisconsin Press, 1997. Third Edition, Revised

An invaluable resource for students, scholars, and general readers, this highly regarded and widely used social history of medicine and public health in the United States is now available in a third edition.

Extensively revised and updated, it includes twenty-one new essays; graphs illustrating the rise in deaths caused by HIV, homicide, and suicide; and a greatly expanded Guide to Further Reading. Entirely new sections on Sickness and Health, Early American Medicine, Therapeutics, the Art of Medicine, and Public Health and Personal Hygiene have been added, supplementing updated sections on the Science of Medicine, Education, the Allied Health Professions, Image and Income, Institutions, Race and Medicine, Epidemics, Public Health Reform, and Public Health and Medical Theory. An introductory essay and a series of historical photographs complement the articles.

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