Medicine and Society in America: 1660-1860 by Richard Harrison ShryockMedicine and Society in America: 1660-1860 by Richard Harrison Shryock

Medicine and Society in America: 1660-1860

byRichard Harrison Shryock


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First published in 1960, Richard Harrison Shryock's Medicine and Society in America: 1660–1860 remains a sweeping and informative introduction to the practice of medicine, the education of physicians, the understanding of health and disease, and the professionalization of medicine in the Colonial Era and the period of the Early Republic. Shryock details such developments as the founding of the first medical school in America (at the College of Philadelphia in 1765); the introduction of inoculation against smallpox in Boston in 1721; the creation of the Marine Hospital Service in 1799, under which all merchant marines were required to take out health insurance; and the state of medical knowledge on the eve of the Civil War.
Title:Medicine and Society in America: 1660-1860Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.2 inPublisher:Cornell University Press

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ISBN - 10:0801490936

ISBN - 13:9780801490934

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Table of Contents

I. Origins of a Medical Profession

II. Medical Thought and Practice: 1660–1820

III. Health and Disease: 1660–1820

IV. Medicine and Society in Transition, 1820–1860


Editorial Reviews

"In three chapters covering the period 1660–1820 and one covering 1820–1860, Shryock lucidly describes medical thought and practice, the composition of the profession, as well as its education, regulation, research (or lack of it), institutions, organizations, and publications. He discusses health conditions among the general population and the efforts made to improve these conditions by public and private measures. These topics are carefully related to one another, to the general background of American society, and to their European origins or counterparts. This book offers, in compact form, a sound and readable synthesis of many aspects of American medical history, which is based on the author's years of brilliant and productive research in the field."—Science