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Rev. of The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West, by Brian P. Levack.
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The article discusses the work of 19th century psychiatrist and public health researcher Bénédict-Augustin Morel. Topics include Morel's beliefs about the heritability of health problems, the professionalization of psychiatry, and the emergence of Christian socialism in France. Also addressed are ...
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Rev. of The Last Plague: Spanish Influenza and the Politics of Public Health in Canada, by Mark Osborne Humphries
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The article discusses cultural conflicts and social policies regarding euthanasia in the United states from 1950 to 2010. The author highlights high-profile legal cases related to euthanasia including, the trial of Dr. Herman Sander, the first U.S. physician to stand trial for euthanasia, the case s...
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Rev. of Madness Is Civilization: When the Diagnosis Was Social, 1948–1980, by Michael E. Staub,
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Rev. of Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America, by Mark A. Largent.
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The efforts of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874-1950) to improve Canada's international image and stature by hosting the August 1943 Quadrant conference in Quebec on World War II military and political strategy were met by repeated snubs - intentional and unintentional - by Winston C...
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Insanity, institutions and society : the case of the Robben Island Lunatic Asylum, 1846-1910 / Harriet Deacon -- The confinement of the insane in Switzerland, 1900-1970 : Cery (Vaud) and Bel-Air (Geneva) asylums / Jacques Gasser and Genevi?ve Heller -- Family strategies and medical power : 'voluntar...
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This paper argues that the historical epidemiology of mental illness is inevitably context bound. This argument is made through the analysis of civil court records relating to the mental illness of New Jersey residents from 1790 to 1867. The records demonstrate that the social contexts out of which ...
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Rev. of The Mad Among Us: A History of the Care of America's Mentally Ill, by Gerald N. Grob
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Discusses the views of Louis Ferdinand Alfred Maury (1817-92), noted French scholar, on the psychology of the unconscious mind, suggesting that his views reflected not only conventional medical attitudes but also his disapproval of radical politics. Maury's ideas on hallucinations, dreams, and ...
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