An Annotated Catalog of the Edward C. Atwater Collection of American Popular Medicine and Health Reform

An Annotated Catalog of the Edward C. Atwater Collection of American Popular Medicine and Health Reform

Volumes I and II

Edited by Chistopher Hoolihan

Hardback
$200.00

University of Rochester Press

Overview

Overview

This is a catalogue of the Edward C. Atwater collection of rare books dealing with 'popular medicine' in early American which is housed at the University of Rochester Medical School library. The books described in the catalogue were written by physicians and other professionals to provide information for the non-medical audience. The books taught human anatomy, hygiene, temperance and diet, how to maintain health, and how to cope with illness especially when no professional help was available. The books promoted a healthy lifestyle for the readers, giving guidance on everything from physical fitness and recreation to the special health needs of women. The collection consists of works dealing with reproduction (from birth control to delivering and caring for a baby), venereal disease, home-nursing, epidemics, and the need for public sex education. These books, covering areas largely ignored by the medical profession, made important contributions to the health of the American public, and the collection is a vital piece of medical history.

The collector is Edward C. Atwater, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and the History of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical School.
Christopher Hoolihan is History of Medicine Librarian at the University of Rochester Medical School's Edward G. Miner Library.

Details

May 2004
272 pages
10x7 in
ISBN: 9781580461016
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BIC MBX, 1KBB, 2AB
BISAC MED081000, MED041000, REF006000
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Reviews

What makes the catalogue especially useful for historians of medicine are the extensive scholarly annotations. . . . Many annotations include quotations from the books and summaries of the contents. Translations and confusing edition numbers are clarified . . . and finally, the volumes are enlivened by nearly a hundred illustrations. . . . (The book) succeeds remarkably well in Hoolihan's intention "that it serve as a guide to the literature of American popular medicine and health reform generally." JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE 2006