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Ian Miller - Medical History

‘Ian Miller provides an insightful and accessible guide to many of the emerging and enduring themes in the history of medicine. Medical History will be an important introduction to the field for years to come.’

Martin Moore, University of Exeter, UK

‘In this remarkable book, Miller not only provides a comprehensive overview of the most interesting topics discussed by historians of medicine over the past three decades, but also places their work in their specific historical contexts. In this reflexive tour de force, he demonstrates how historians of medicine addressed present-day concerns by conducting historical research.’ 

Hans Pols, University of Sydney, Australia

‘The main contribution of the book is that it focuses on the discipline of medical history as a whole and explores some of its key themes, such as disease, patients, global health, diet, and ethics. This will allow the book to become an invaluable resource for postgraduate and undergraduate teaching as well as research.’

Pratik Chakrabarti, University of Manchester, UK


From disease to state power, mental wellbeing to global health, medical history raises profound questions about individuals and society. In this fresh and timely account, Ian Miller offers a fascinating insight into the theoretical development of medical history, and encourages readers to understand its impact on both medical practice and historiographical debate.

Considering how this rich discipline came to be of interest to doctors and historians, Medical History:

* Provides a concise overview of medical history writing from the nineteenth century to the present

* Assesses a diverse range of methodological issues

* Covers a variety of innovative topics, including food, technology and emotions.

Structured thematically, this energetic and accessible book is an invaluable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of medical history, historiography and historical theory

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