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

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

Volume I, A-L

Edited by Christopher Hoolihan

Hardback
$125.00

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 America 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

October 2001
63 black and white illustrations
688 pages
10x7 in
ISBN: 9781580460989
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BIC MBX, 1KBB, 2AB
BISAC MED081000, MED041000, REF006000
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Table of Contents

Foreward by Julia Sollenberger
Preface by Edward C. Atwater, MD
Introduction by Christopher Hoolihan
List of Illustrations and Tables
The Catalog A-L

Reviews

An unending source of useful information. Not only does he open a window to the rich historical materials of the Atwater collection, but he gives the reader useful insight into the complex relationship between American medicine and the broader culture. ISIS

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