History of Medicine

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The Discovery of Insulin
The Discovery of Insulin
By Michael Bliss

In this engaging and award-winning account, historian Michael Bliss recounts the fascinating story behind the discovery of insulin – a story as much filled with fiery confrontation and intense competition as medical dedication and scientific genius.

Published May 2017
Baby Trouble in the Last Best West: Making New People in Alberta, 19051939
Baby Trouble in the Last Best West: Making New People in Alberta, 1905–1939
By Amy Kaler

Baby Trouble in the Last Best West explores the ways that women’s childbearing became understood as a social problem in early twentieth-century Alberta.

Published Feb 2017
SickKids: The History of the Hospital for Sick Children
SickKids: The History of the Hospital for Sick Children
David Wright
Foreword by Mary Jo Haddad
David Wright’s SickKids: The History of the Hospital for Sick Children chronicles the remarkable history of SickKids, including its triumphs and tragedies, its discoveries and dead-ends.
Published Nov 2016
From Body to Community: Venereal Disease and Society in Baroque Spain
From Body to Community: Venereal Disease and Society in Baroque Spain
By Cristian Berco

Using the sole surviving admissions book for Toledo, Spain’s Hospital de Santiago, Cristian Berco reconstructs the lives of men and women afflicted with the pox by tracing their experiences before, during, and after their hospitalization.

Published Mar 2016
Separate Beds: A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s-1980s
Separate Beds: A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s-1980s
By Maureen K. Lux

A disturbing look at the dark side of the liberal welfare state, Separate Beds reveals a history of racism and negligence in health care for Canada’s First Nations that should never be forgotten.

Published Mar 2016
The Sleep of Others and the Transformation of Sleep Research
The Sleep of Others and the Transformation of Sleep Research
By Kenton Kroker

Examining a vast historical period of 2500 years, Kroker separates the problems associated with the history of dreaming from those associated with sleep itself and charts sleep-related diseases such as narcolepsy, insomnia, and sleep apnea.

Published Dec 2015
Big Pharma, Women, and the Labour of Love
Big Pharma, Women, and the Labour of Love
By Thea Cacchioni

Cacchioni moves beyond the search for a sexual pharmaceutical drug for women to ask a broader question: how does the medicalization of female sexuality already affect women’s lives?

Published Jul 2015
Facing Eugenics: Reproduction, Sterilization, and the Politics of Choice
Facing Eugenics: Reproduction, Sterilization, and the Politics of Choice
By Erika Dyck

Facing Eugenics is a social history of sexual sterilization operations in twentieth-century Canada.

Published Dec 2013
The Alphabet of Galen: Pharmacy from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
The Alphabet of Galen: Pharmacy from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
A Critical Edition of the Latin Text with English Translation and Commentary by Nicholas Everett

With a comprehensive scholarly apparatus and a contextual introduction, The Alphabet of Galen is a major resource for understanding the richness and diversity of medical history.

Published May 2012
Body & Soul: Narratives of Healing from Ars Medica
Body & Soul: Narratives of Healing from Ars Medica
Edited by Allison Crawford, Rex Kay, Allan Peterkin, Robin Roger, and Ronald Ruskin, with Aaron Orkin
Body & Soul features inspiring and award-winning fiction, essays, memoirs, poetry, photography, and visual art on the universal themes of wellness, treatment, and healing.

Published Nov 2011