Biographies of Remedies: Drugs, Medicines and Contraceptives in Dutch and Anglo-American Healing Cultures - Clio Medica 66 (Hardback)Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra (volume editor), G. M. van Heteren (volume editor), Tilli Tansey (volume editor)
Hardback 295 Pages / Published: 01/01/2002
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At a time when genetics and informatics are seen to transform therapeutic thinking once again, it is pertinent to look back to earlier therapeutic regimes. The long twentieth century has witnessed a tremendous upsurge in new drugs, remedies and therapeutic strategies. The cultural environments in which they emerged, the social circumstances from which they sprang, and the social effects that remedies engendered are treated in depth in this collection of essays. They address the historical variety of remedies as economic, social, and cultural objects and discuss their particular forms of production and distribution. Drawing predominantly on British and Dutch cases, the curious `biographies' of modern drugs like streptomycin, taxol and interferon are reviewed, the shifting boundaries between medicines and toxic substances are explored, and remedial strategies such as contraceptives are scrutinised. This book, which emerged out of an Anglo-Dutch conference held in 1998, explores cultures of remedies from a comparative perspective.
Number of pages: 295
Weight: 644 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 30 mm
"All fourteen papers [...] are well documented..." - in: Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 2004, Vol. 78
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