Thursday, November 13, 2008

Straightening out Freud on God and childbirth, or, This week's new books in history of medicine

This week is an unusually fertile one for new books in the history of medicine just added to the OHSU collections. We have four titles of interest, all currently shelved on the new books shelf (through Tuesday next, then they'll be in the stacks).

Furst, Lilian R.
Before Freud : hysteria and hypnosis in later nineteenth-century psychiatric cases.
Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press, c2008.
From the blurb: Before Freud is an anthology of psychiatric case histories published between 1869 and 1894 by five leading medical practitioners: George Beard, Richard Krafft-Ebing, Arthur Schnitzler, Jean-Martin Charcot, and Pierre Janet. Most of the cases here are translated from German or French for the first time. The purpose of this collection is to make accessible to English speakers important primary documents crucial not only for the history of psychology but also for an understanding of the literature of the period.

Sherk, Henry H., 1930-
Getting it straight : a history of American orthopaedics.
Rosemont, IL : American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2008.
From the blurb: The 75th Anniversary of the AAOS offers an auspicious occasion to document the remarkable growth of our specialty over the last century. Getting it Straight: A History of American Orthopaedics provides a wonderful perspective on where we have been and even perhaps, where we are headed. Young orthopaedists, in particular, will benefit from new understanding of the changing burdens of different musculoskeletal diseases, the innovations, the occasional technological dead ends, the recurrent socioeconomic challenges, and the creative historical figures of our surgical specialty.The chapters are devoted to: The Origins of American Orthopaedics; Musculoskeletal Surgery in Children: The Soul of Orthopaedics; Fractures and Dislocations; The Total Joint Revolution and the New Science of Biomaterials; Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Spine; Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine; Specialization in Orthopaedics and the Development of Specialty Societies; Orthopaedic Device Manufacturers; Education and Research in Orthopaedics; and, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Brodsky, Phyllis L., 1936-
The control of childbirth : women versus medicine through the ages.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2008.
Contents: Childbirth in primitive and ancient times -- The Middle Ages: an era of despair and persecution -- The sixteenth century: a Renaissance -- The seventeenth century: men and their instruments -- The eighteenth century: men and science -- The nineteenth century: men and disease -- Childbirth in early America -- Nineteenth-century America: the birth of obstetrics and gynecology -- Early twentieth-century America: the "midwife problem" and medicalized childbirth -- The second half of the twentieth century: technology-managed childbirth, by Edna Quinn -- The twenty-first century: technological childbirth challenged -- Conclusion: women in power.

Return to The house of God : medical resident education, 1978-2008 / edited by Martin Kohn & Carol Donley.
Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, 2008.
From the blurb: This book reflects on Samuel Shem's The House of God and its impact on medical resident education. [Shem's book] is widely regarded as one of the most influential novels about medical education in the twentieth century. Decades after being published, this satire still raises issues of how interns and residents are trained and how patients experience their treatment. Return to The House of God is a scholarly and creative response to the best-selling novel, exploring its impact on medical education, residency training, and the field of literature and medicine. Among the contributors are some of the foremost scholars in medical humanities and the most highly respected physician- and nurse-writers. This collection responds to the surprises, challenges, and wit of [the novel]. Some contributors point out constructive changes that the novel stimulated, while others see today's medical residency experiences as still in need of a cure. Some contributors appreciate the novel's black humor regarding overworked residents in hospitals, while others wince and deplore it. A few even take their cue from Shem and transform their experiences into literature. Final words of the volume come from Janet Surrey, Shem's wife, and Stephen Bergman himself, aka Sam Shem, reflecting on thirty years of doctoring and writing.Teaching faculty in medical schools, residency programs, bioethics, and medical humanities, as well as Shem fans worldwide, will enjoy this important contribution to the study of literature and medicine.

As a reminder, monthly lists of new titles available at the library can be perused online, with sections for the libraries at Primate and SEL as well as our neighbor institutions, the National College of Natural Medicine and Western States Chiropractic College.

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