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- DescriptionHow did the challenge and the timetable of America's westward expansion affect American medical practice? What have the principles and obligations of American democracy brought to the character of American medicine? How have America's geography and climate, as well as its racial and ecomic diversity, led to differing outlooks on health and medicine? Medicine in America James Cassedy explores America's medical distinctiveness and follows medical and health-related matters from colonial times to the present. Through four chrological chapters, Cassedy focuses on broad aspects of the American medical scene: the work and ideas of the orthodox physician and the formation of America's medical establishment; n establishment health activities, including self-medication, therapeutic sects, and organized movements to promote nutrition and fitness; the health-related sciences, along with their institutions and accomplishments; governmental involvement in medical care, licensing, research, sanitation, and public health; and the varying health environments of rural, small town,urban, and transient populations. As he examines events in the context of political, social, ecomic, industrial, and other historical realities, Cassedy shows the rise of orthodox medicine in the United States through its increasing professionalization and the establishment of medical institutions. He follows the expanding role of government in the advancement and regulation of health care, and the explosion of public health problems that accompanied urbanization. He also explores how regional, racial, social, and ecomic differences determined access to healthcare. Medicine in America is a valuable introduction that links the history of medicine, health, and disease in the United States to the larger events in U.S. social history.
- Author BiographyJames H. Cassedy (1919-2007) was a historian at the National Library of Medicine. He was the author of several books, including American Medicine and Statistical Thinking, 1800-1860, and Medicine and American Growth, 1800-1860.
- Author(s)James H. Cassedy
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication01/08/1991
- SubjectFamily & Health: General
- Series TitleThe American Moment
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight340 g
- Width146 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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