Civilization and Disease (Messenger Lectures) (Paperback)

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By Henry E. Sigerist, Elizabeth Fee (Foreword by)
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Originally published in 1943, Civilization and Disease was based on a series of lectures that the medical historian Henry E. Sigerist delivered at Cornell University in 1940. Now back in print, the book is a wide-ranging account of the importance of social factors on health and illness and the impact that disease has had on societies throughout human history. Despite considerable advances in both medicine and historiography, Civilization and Disease remains a landmark work in the history of medicine and a fascinating look at, first, civilization as a factor in the genesis and spread of disease, and second, the effects of disease on such aspects of civilization as economics, social life, law, philosophy, religion, science, and the arts. In a new foreword written for this edition, Elizabeth Fee outlines Sigerist's life, works, and legacy as a historian, a teacher, and an advocate for universal health care, hailing Civilization and Disease as an excellent introduction to Sigerist's work.

About the Author

Henry E. Sigerist (1891-1957) was born in Switzerland and received an MD from the University of Zurich. Between 1932 and 1947, he served as Director of the Institute of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. The author of twenty-seven books, including American Medicine (1934), Socialized Medicine in the Soviet Union (1937), and two volumes of A History of Medicine (1951 and 1961), and over 450 articles, Sigerist was also a staunch advocate for compulsory health insurance and his research helped to shape Canada's national health care system. Elizabeth Fee is Chief Historian at the National Library of Medicine at the National Institute for Health. Her books include, as coeditor, Making Medical History: The Life and Times of Henry E. Sigerist; AIDS: The Making of a Chronic Disease; and Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine; and, as author, Disease and Discovery: A History of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1916-1939.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781501723438
ISBN-10: 150172343X
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: July 15th, 2018
Pages: 300
Language: English
Series: Messenger Lectures