This anthology highlights evolving medical practices in America, from the colonial period to the present. It is intended to reflect society's impact on medical procedures and attitudes in times of war and epidemics, as well as routine health care.
The excerpts include letters, journals, ads, and photographs relating to smallpox, vaccinations, asylums, "female problems," venereal disease, health insurance, AIDS, kidney transplants, nineteenth century home-remedies, and more. The book presents a brief glimpse at the social history of medicine in this country.
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