Book , Print in English

Our present complaint : American medicine, then and now

Charles E. Rosenberg.
  • Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
  • vi, 214 pages ; 24 cm
  • Eisenhower C Level
    R151.R67 2007 c. 1
  • Institute of the History of Medicine Books - Stack Level 6, Welch Library
    R151 .R813 2007 c. 1
Medical Subjects
  • Student Collection.
  • History.
  • Historian of medicine Rosenberg presents an analysis of the current tensions in American medicine. Situating these tensions within their historical and social contexts, Rosenberg investigates the fundamental characteristics of medicine: how we think about disease, how the medical profession thinks about itself and its moral and intellectual responsibilities, and what prospective patients--all of us--expect from medicine and the medical profession. He explores the nature and definition of disease and how ideas of disease causation reflect social values and cultural negotiations. His analyses of alternative medicine and bioethics consider the historically specific ways in which we define and seek to control what is appropriately medical. At a time when clinical care and biomedical research generate as much angst as they offer cures, this volume provides valuable insight into how the practice of medicine has evolved, where it is going, and how lessons from history can improve its prognosis.--From publisher description.
  • note: Ch. 1 Introduction: The History of Our Present Complaint
  • Ch. 2 Tyranny of Diagnosis: Specific Entities and Individual Experience
  • Ch. 3 Contested Boundaries: Psychiatry, Disease, and Diagnosis
  • Ch. 4 Banishing Risk: Or, the More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same
  • Ch. 5 Pathologies of Progress: The Idea of Civilization as Risk
  • Ch. 6 New Enchantment: Genetics, Medicine, and Society
  • Ch. 7 Alternative to What? Complementary to Whom? On the Scientific Project in Medicine
  • Ch. 8 Holism in Twentieth-Century Medicine: Always in Opposition
  • Ch. 9 Mechanism and Morality: On Bioethics in Context
  • Ch. 10 Anticipated Consequences: Historians, History, and Health Policy.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Eisenhower copy: Gift of Johns Hopkins University Press; FY2008.
  • OCLC
  • 9780801887154
  • 9780801887161
  • 0801887151
  • 080188716X
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2007013960
  • OCLC: 122499937
  • OCLC: 122499937