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Medicine, Madness and Social History
Essays in Honour of Roy Porter
 
 
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15 Jun 2007
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Roy Porter was a brilliant historian of medicine and madness. He was the British authority on the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, but he wore his learning lightly. He died, far too young, in 2002. This collection of essays was written by twenty of his colleagues and students, not just to honour his memory but to convey and extend the spirit of his work. All the essays are based on orginal work in the fields that Porter made his own. They range from the eighteenth century to the present, and tackle major themes, from disability rights to the popularization of science. However, the focus, for the most part, is on people - artisan gardeners jostle with anarchists, dentists and hypnotists in a lively, and very Porterian, parade. Medicine may sometimes seem techinical and remote, but this collection brings it to life through its social history.


Description

Roy Porter was a brilliant historian of medicine and madness. He was the British authority on the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, but he wore his learning lightly. He died, far too young, in 2002. This collection of essays was written by twenty of his colleagues and students, not just to honour his memory but to convey and extend the spirit of his work. All the essays are based on orginal work in the fields that Porter made his own. They range from the eighteenth century to the present, and tackle major themes, from disability rights to the popularization of science. However, the focus, for the most part, is on people - artisan gardeners jostle with anarchists, dentists and hypnotists in a lively, and very Porterian, parade. Medicine may sometimes seem techinical and remote, but this collection brings it to life through its social history.


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'...Roberta Bivins and John Pickstone are to commended in bringing together the various contributors; and the latter are likewise to be praised for the thoughtful and appreciative essays.  This is a fine volume and a fine Tribute.' - John Stewart, Social History of Medicine
 
'The editors and contributors also convey something of what it was about Porter's way of being a historian which touched, encouraged and in some cases inspired their lives and work. It makes for an attractive combination of the scholarly and the personal. There are eighteen essays, each short and making a point, and the result is a very readable, accessible collection.' - Roger Smith, British Journal for the History of Science 

'Within these contributions, there is much that is both informative and thought-provoking. This is exactly what one would expect from disciples of Roy Porter, a man who would never allow himself to be tied down by historical, spatial, cultural or intellectual categories.' - Leonard Smith, History of Psychiatry
 
'...this collection does a tremendously good job of summoning an image of Porter's interests and methods in the social history of medicine and their impact.' - Andrew Hull, Medical History
 
'[With a] strong commitment to delimiting the type of historian that Porter was and was not ... [the essays show] how engagement with Porter's style of social history can and will continue to produce stimulating and "enlightening" work.'
- Karen Buckle, Journal of Contemporary History


Contents

Note on Contributors/Remembering Roy Porter
Introduction: 'De omni scribili'; J.Pickstone & R.Bivins
Roy Porter and the Persons of History; H.Cook
PART 1: THE SCIENCE OF HISTORY AND THE POLITICS OF SCIENCE
Porter vs. Foucault on 'Birth of the clinic'; A.Wilson
The New History of the Enlightenment: An essay in the social history of social history; P.Burke
The Politics of Particularism: Medicalization and Medical Reform in 19th century Britain; I.Burney
Charles Babbage and George Birkbeck: Science, Reform and Radicalism; D.Porter
PART 2: BODIES, COMMODITIES AND SOCIAL DIFFERENCE
French Dentists and English Teeth in the Long 18th Century; C.Jones
Hotbeds and Cool Fruits: The Unnatural Cultivation of the Eighteenth Century Cucumber; A.Secord
Arguing disability: ex-servicemen's own stories in early modern England, 1590-1790; G.Hudson
Lunacy and Labouring Men: Narratives of Male Vulnerability in Mid-Victorian London; A.Suzuki
"Arrows of Desire": British Sexual Utopians and the Politics of Health; L.Hall
"Twenty centuries of Christianity weigh heavily on women's brains": Anarchism, Female Education, and Women's Nature at the turn of the Twentieth Century; K.Rowold
"A band of lunatics down Camberwell way": Percy Lane Oliver and Voluntary Blood Donation in Interwar Britain; K.Pelis
PART 3: MINDS, IDENTITIES AND SOCIAL ORDER
Mind, Body and the Insanity Defence in 18th c. Hamburg; M.Lindemann
"One of the best known identity crises in history"? John Stuart Mill's Mental Crisis and its Meaning; C.Sengoopta
Murder by Hypnosis? Altered States and the Mental Geography of Science; E.Lafferton
Maladies of the Will: Freedom, Fetters and the Fear of Freud; D.Pick
Two cultures revisited: the case of the fin de siecle; M.Micale
Roy; B.Bynum


Authors

ROBERTA BIVINS is Wellcome Lecturer in the History of Medicine at Cardiff University, UK. She is currently researching the impact of postcolonial immigration on medical research programmes and healthcare delivery in the US and the UK for a monograph entitled Contagious Communities, Model Minorities: Immigration, Ethnicity and Medicine. Other work has examined the cross-cultural transmission of medical expertise: Acupuncture, Expertise and Crosscultural Medicine, and understandings of global medicine: Alternative Medicine? A History.

JOHN V. PICKSTONE practised the history of medicine in UMIST and the University of Manchester, UK, since 1974. He was a Research Professor in the Wellcome Unit and the Centre of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, which he directed from 1986-2002. He is the author of Ways of Knowing. A New History of Science, Technology and Medicine and co-editor with Roger Cooter of the Companion to Twentieth Century Medicine.