Posted by: Alice Nelson | 15/03/2013

New books in the Wellcome Unit Library

book displayWe have had some fascinating new books in the Library over the past few weeks.

Chagas Disease: History of a Continent’s Scourge by Francois Delaporte (Fordham University Press, 2012)
RA644.C26 DEL 2012

Translated by Arther Goldhammer and with a foreword by Todd Myers, this is a translation of the original 1999 French version, La maladie de Chagas.  The rear cover carried praise from Prof William Bynum, describing the book as a ‘skillful dissection’ of Chagas disease (also called American trypsomiasis).  Beginning with the identification of the disease within the social context of late 19th century and early 20th century Brazil to the scientific  criticism around around Chagas’ research and a re-evaluation of the disease.  Thsi volume weaves in analysis of knowledge about the disease was constructed and re-contructed over three decades.

Related books in the Wellcome Unit Library

  •  Forgotten people, forgotten diseases : the neglected tropical diseases and their impact on global health and development by Peter J. Hotez (ASM Press, 2008) at shelfmark RC961 HOT 2008
  • Race, place, and medicine : the idea of the tropics in nineteenth century Brazilian medicine by Julyan G. Beard (Duke University Press, 1999) at shelfmark RC962.B6 PEA 1999
  • The history of yellow fever : an essay on the birth of tropical medicine by François Delaporte (MIT Press, 1991) at shelfmark RC210 DEL 1991

Global Movements, Local Concerns: Medicine and Health in Southeast Asia edited by Laurence Monnais and Harold J. Cook (NUS Press, 2012)
RA5141.S68 GLO 2012

This is an edited volume of 11 conference papers from the 2006 International Conferenc on the History of Medicine in Southeast Asia.  Focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries, the papers cover a variety of topics and diseases.  Chapters include Michael G. Vann on ‘Hanoi in the Time of Cholera: Edpidemic Disease and Racial Power in the Colonial City’ and Yu-Ling Huang on ‘HIV/AIDS Epidemic and the Politics of Access to Medicines in Thailand: A Study of the Health Impact of Globalization.’

Related books in the Wellcome Unit Library

  • Southern medicine for Southern people : Vietnamese medicine in the making edited by Laurence Monnais, C. Michele Thompson and Ayo Wahlberg at shelfmark (Cambridge Scholars, 2012) R644.V52 SOU 2012
  • Death and disease in Southeast Asia : explorations in social, medical and demographic history edited by Norman G. Owen at shelfmark (OUP, 1987) RA541.S68 DEA 1987

Female Sexual Inversion: Same-Sex Desires in Italian and British Sexology, c.1870-1920 by Chiara Beccalossi (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
HQ75.6.I8 BEC 2012

Dr Chiara Beccalossi was a speaker at last term’s Wellcome Unit Seminars on the History of Medicine.  Divided into three parts, the book first introduces the historical context of sexuality in turn of the century Britain and Italy and the formation of the concept of sexual inversion.  Part two examines Italian and British psychiatry, asylums and gynaecology. Finally, part three provides four cases studies, including one on ‘Havelock Ellis and sex psychology’.

Related books in the Wellcome Unit Library

  • Dangerous sexualities : medico-moral politics in England since 1830 by Frank Mort (Routledge, 2nd ed, 2000) at shelfmark HQ32 MOR 2000
  • Hermaphroditism, medical science and sexual identity in Spain, 1850-1960 by Richard Cleminson and Francisco Vázquez García (University of Wales Press, 2009) at shelfmark RC883 CLE 2009
  • Sexual knowledge, sexual science : the history of attitudes to sexuality  edited by Roy Porter and Mikuláš Teich (CUP, 1994) at shelfmark HQ60 SEX 1994

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