Monday, July 12, 2021

"Exploring American Healthcare through 50 Historic Treasures"

Coming February 2022 from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / AASLH: Exploring American Healthcare through 50 Historic Treasures by Tegan Kehoe.

About the book, from the publisher:

Healthcare history is more than leeches and drilling holes in skulls. It is stories of scientific failures and triumphs. Exploring American Healthcare History through 50 Historic Treasures presents a visual and narrative history of health and medicine in the United States, tracing paradigm shifts such as the introduction of anesthesia, the adoption of germ theory, and advances in public health. The book provides windows into ordinary people’s experiences with different schools of thought about treatment, from patent medicines and faith healing to hospital-based clinical trials. Exploring American Healthcare History showcases little-known objects that illustrate the complexities of our relationship with health, like a set of teeth from a small town in Arkansas where the link between fluoride and dental health was first discovered. It also highlights famous moments in medicine, such as the discovery of penicillin, and puts them into social and cultural context.
Visit Tegan Kehoe's website.

--Marshal Zeringue