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Response to Review of The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine

I am delighted to accept Dr Ian Miller's intelligent review of The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine. I particularly appreciate his recognition of the aims of the book and his careful and constructive comments on individual chapters. He is right to suggest at the end of his review that there are some aspects of the history ofContinue reading “Response to Review of The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine”

Bodies Politic: Disease, Death and Doctors in Britain, 1650-1900

In spite of its intellectual, literary and comic brilliance, this book contains a dark and disturbing, but revealing, message. In some ways, my melancholy reading of Bodies Politic has inevitably been shaped by Roy's recent untimely death. Roy Porter was without doubt the finest social historian of medicine this country, or indeed the world, hasContinue reading “Bodies Politic: Disease, Death and Doctors in Britain, 1650-1900”