Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Horseman silently victorious over lobotomist

Several new books in the history of medicine have made their way onto the New Books shelf in the OHSU Main Library this week:

Jack El-Hai, The Lobotomist: a maverick medical genius and his tragic quest to rid the world of mental illness (Wiley, 2005), tells the story of neurologist Walter Freeman and his development of this controversial procedure. See Amazon reviews of it here.

John Aberth, The first horseman: disease in human history (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007) describes diseases and their impact on society, from the medieval Black Death to the modern scourge of AIDS.

Silent victories: the history and practice of public health in twentieth-century America (Oxford, 2007), contains twenty-one essays on various public health topics, including tobacco smoking, birth control, traffic safety, fluoridation, vaccination, and more.

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