A Global History of Medicine

ISBN : 9780198803188

Mark Jackson
320 ページ
129 x 196 mm

Patterns of disease and systems of medical knowledge and practice have varied across space and time. In addition, medicine has always been influenced by particular social, cultural, and political contexts. A Global History of Medicine explores the history of medicine across continents and countries from ancient to modern times. It examines the changing systems of medicine in both Eastern and Western traditions, compares and contrasts alternative medical practices, and introduces readers to how historians have attempted to capture the multiple approaches to healing adopted by different cultures. Written by experienced historians from around the world, the chapters collectively provide new perspectives on how to write the global history of health and medicine and indicate the ways in which medicine in the past continues to shape our present.


1 Mark Jackson: One world, one health? Towards a global history of medicine; 2 Vivienne Lo and Michael Stanley-Baker: Chinese medicine; 3 Harold J. Cook: Medicine in Western Europe; 4 Hormoz Ebrahimnejad: Medicine in Islam and Islamic medicine; 5 Marius Turda: History of medicine in Eastern Europe, including Russia; 6 Anne-Emanuelle Birn: Public health and medicine in Latin America; 7 Edmund Ramsden: Science and medicine in the United States of America; 8 Mark Harrison: Medicine and colonialism in South Asia since 1500; 9 Lyn Schumaker: African studies and the history of medicine in Sub-Saharan Africa; 10 Linda Bryder: History of medicine in Australia and New Zealand; 11 Sanjoy Bhattacharya: Global and local histories of medicine: interpretative challenges and future possiblities


Mark Jackson is Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter. He has served as Chair of the Wellcome Trust History of Medicine and Research Resources funding committees, as Senior Academic Advisor (Medical Humanities) to the Wellcome Trust, and as a member of the History sub-panel for REF 2014. He has taught modules in the history of medicine and the history and philosophy of science for over thirty years at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to both medical and history students, and has been involved in teaching medical history to GCSE and A level students. His books include The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine (2011), The Age of Stress: Science and the Search for Stability (2012), Stress in Post-War Britain, 1945-85 (ed., 2015), and The Routledge History of Disease (ed., 2016). He is currently writing a book on the history of the midlife crisis.