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Health Culture in the Heartland, 1880-1980: An Oral History (Hardback)
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Health Culture in the Heartland, 1880-1980: An Oral History (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 08/10/2008
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This history of health, illness, and medical care in one downstate Illinois county offers a richly detailed account, spanning more than a century of health care, from the perspectives of county residents, nurses, doctors, and public health professionals. Drawing on a wealth of oral history interviews, hospital records, and other primary documents, Lucinda McCray Beier provides insight into home management of ill health, birth, and death; nurses\u2019 training and practices; the experiences of African American healers and patients; public health provision; and other topics. By observing the history of medicine and public health through the eyes of practitioners and laypeople over an extended period in one Midwestern county, this volume offers insight into broad American experience as well as an important counterweight to metropolitan-oriented, physician-centered studies.

Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252033483
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 585 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"An interesting portrait of the shift from rural and traditional nineteenth-century medical care to modernized, scientific, professional medical care and public health rules and regulations as seen from the perspectives of doctors, nurses, patients, and other community members."The Journal of American History

"This is a must book for those with interests in family, cultural, social, gender, ethnic, and medical history. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice


"Beier has contributed substantially to a new understanding of biomedicine in the twentieth century Midwest and in the United States."--Journal of Illinois History


"Well-written and smoothly flowing. . . . Anyone interested in how changes in life, death, and expectations about health care evolve over a century would be remiss if they did not read, and enjoy, this book."--Annals of Iowa

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