SSHM 2024 reading list

SSHM 2024 reading list

Posted by rhiandavies - Friday, 28 Jun 2024


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On trial


Marietta Meier, Mario König, Magaly Tornay

The book explores the early days of industry-sponsored clinical research in psychiatry. Examining how the clinic, patients, doctors, nursing staff, corporations, and authorities interacted, it reconstructs the experimental practices in a psychiatric hospital from 1940-80 whilst telling a larger story: the changing history of clinical trials.

Jewish refugees and the British nursing profession


Jane Brooks

This book bears witness to the personal experiences of Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe in the highly gendered profession of nursing.

'Curing queers'


Tommy Dickinson

Drawing on a rich array of source materials including previously unseen, fascinating (and often quite moving) oral histories, archival and news media sources, 'Curing queers' examines the plight of men who were institutionalised in British mental hospitals to receive 'treatment' for homosexuality and transvestism, and the perceptions and actions of the men and women who nursed them.

Doing psychiatry in postwar Europe


Gundula Gahlen, Volker Hess, Marianna Scarfone, Henriette Voelker

Looking closely at practices that contributed to reshape the psychiatric field in the second half of the 20th century, Doing psychiatry offers new insights into a mental health assistance in transformation after World War II. Through richly documented case studies across Europe, this book sheds light on marginal experiences and everyday practices.

Myth and (mis)information


Allan Ingram, Helen Williams, Clark Lawlor

This book discusses the various cultural forms and literary works by which information, myth and misinformation on medical practices and personages were spread during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and some of the reasons for this, from authorial self-interest to scientific ignorance.

Motherhood confined


Rachel E. Bennett

The book is the first extensive historical examination of motherhood in English prisons. It addresses the challenges mothers and babies have historically posed to prison systems not designed with their containment and the management of their health in mind.

Feminist mental health activism in England, c. 1968-95


Kate Mahoney

This book provides the first in-depth examination of feminist mental health activism in England from c.1968-1995. It explores how feminist activists initially rejected Freud before using psychoanalysis to enhance their politics; examines the development of feminist therapy; and charts the influence of feminism on national mental health charities.

Situating religion and medicine in Asia


Michael Stanley-Baker

This volume presents studies of the mobilisation of practices for health and spiritual well-being in various regions and times across Asia. The chapters use a common structure to situate these practices within their regions and times, demonstrating how they circulated across religious, medical and scientific domains.

Spectacles and the Victorians


Gemma Almond-Brown

This book explores how the Victorians standardised vision and transformed spectacle use. It offers new insights into how technology and its adoption in medical and non-medical contexts shaped, and continues to shape, our understanding of sensory perception and the assimilation of assistive devices.

Forensic cultures in modern Europe


Willemijn Ruberg, Lara Bergers, Pauline Dirven, Sara Serrano Martínez

This book makes an important contribution to our knowledge of modern European forensic practices. It shows how the performance of forensic scientists has been shaped by political regimes, law and ideology, leading to different forensic cultures.

Germs and governance


Anne Marie Rafferty, Marguerite Dupree, Fay Bound Alberti

This book addresses global concerns about microbial resistance. Combining historical case studies and first-hand practitioner accounts, it offers insights beyond current literature. Contributions from leading scholars, practitioners and policy makers explore outbreaks of MRSA and compare infection control measures in different case-study contexts.

Cold, hard steel


Agnes Arnold-Forster

Cold, hard steel anatomises the surgical stereotype in modern and contemporary Britain. It offers a new social, cultural and emotional history of this specialty, explores the development of its professional identity and foregrounds experiences of surgeons at work.

Sugar rush


Karen Throsby

Sugar rush argues that despite its revolutionary claims, the contemporary attack on sugar represents a politics of despair, entrenching rather than disrupting the inequality-riddled status quo.

The malleable body


Heidi Hausse

This invaluable study reveals how practices for treating the loss of limbs in early modern Germany transformed western medicine. From amputations to mechanical arms, surgical and artisanal interventions forged a growing perception, fundamental to biomedicine today, that humans could alter the body-that it was malleable.

Publics and their health


Alex Mold, Peder Clark, Hannah J. Elizabeth

Why are some groups and individuals seen as problems for public health? How does this change over time and place? Through a series of case-studies, this collection explores the making of 'problem publics' and their relationship with public health authorities.

Alcohol, psychiatry and society


Waltraud Ernst, Thomas Müller

The medicalisation of alcohol use has become a prominent discourse that guides policy makers and impacts public perceptions of drinking. This book maps the historical and cultural dimensions of the phenomenon, emphasising medical attitudes to alcohol and the changing perception of consumption in psychiatry and mental health.

Histories of HIV/AIDS in Western Europe


Janet Weston, Hannah J. Elizabeth

This edited collection showcases exciting new work on lesser-known histories of HIV/AIDS, from the earliest days of the crisis to the present day. Focusing on regions of western Europe, it offers new perspectives on the development and implementation of policy, the nature of activism and expertise and which (or whose) histories are remembered.

Disability and the Victorians


Iain Hutchison, Martin Atherton, Jaipreet Virdi

Disability and the Victorians investigates the attitudes of Victorians towards people with impairments, illustrates how these influenced the interventions they introduced to support such people and considers the legacies they left behind by their actions and perspectives. A range of impairments are addressed in a variety of contexts.

Measuring difference, numbering normal


Coreen McGuire

This book argues that health measurements are given artificial authority if they are particularly amenable to calculability and easy measurement, and shows that problems often coalesce around disabilities that do not lend themselves to easy quantification.

Diagnosing history


Katherine Byrne, Julie Anne Taddeo, James Leggott

This collection examines the representation of medicine and medical practices in international period drama television. Featuring original chapters on period television from the UK, the US, Spain and Australia, Diagnosing history offers an accessible, global and multidisciplinary contribution to both televisual and medical history.

Posters, protests, and prescriptions


Jennifer Crane, Jane Hand

The National Health Service determines how Britons receive healthcare. It is a source of national pride, a workplace and a symbol. This book explores how the cultural meanings of the NHS developed and changed since its foundation in 1948, shaped by activism, labour, consumerism, space and representation.

Murky waters


Sophie Vasset

Murky waters explores the ambivalent representations of spas in eighteenth-century medicine and literature. It gives a wide cultural perspective of the numerous spas, springs and wells of Britain, well beyond Bath, and focuses on specific political and cultural tensions while reasserting the centrality of health in spa towns.

A culture of curiosity


Leonie Hannan

This book reveals the eighteenth-century home as a site of emergence for science. By rejecting the limiting associations of 'domestic life', this book re-imagines a culture of enquiry populated by apprentices and housewives as much as Fellows of the Royal Society.

Doing digital history


Jonathan Blaney, Jane Winters, Sarah Milligan, Martin Steer

A practical guide to digital history, which shows just how much can be done without writing any code. This book will give researchers in history or related fields the skills and confidence to approach existing digital resources and to create their own. Assuming no prior knowledge, the guide focuses on hands-on techniques for working with text.

History through material culture


Leonie Hannan, Sarah Longair

Material culture is central to human experience and represents a vital but under-used source for historians. Written in a lively and accessible style, this guide provides clear and practical guidance on how to incorporate the study of objects into historical practice.

The houses of history


Anna Green, Kathleen Troup

An updated edition of this accessible critical reader, with additional chapters including an introduction that contextualises the rise of each theoretical perspective and draw links between them.

Patient voices in Britain, 1840-1948


Anne Hanley, Jessica Meyer

This edited collection repositions the patient experience at the centre of healthcare histories and considers the contributions that such histories can make to debates over health policy and service delivery.

Women's medicine


Caroline Rusterholz

This book covers the role played by British female doctors in the medicalisation of birth control and family planning at the national and transnational level between 1920-70. Drawing on a wide range of archived and published medical materials, Rusterholz sheds light on the strategies British female doctors used to position themselves as experts and leaders in birth control and family planning research and practice.

Managing diabetes, managing medicine


Martin D. Moore

Through its study of British diabetes care, this book asks how such a shift occurred, how systems of management were constructed, and what this says about diabetes care and modern medicine.

Vaccinating Britain


Gareth Millward

Vaccinating Britain explores the complicated relationship between the British public and vaccination since the Second World War through British public health policy. It shows how the British public came to embrace vaccination but also made demands on the government to make vaccination more acceptable.

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