Health and Wellness in Daily Life: Health and Wellness in 19th-Century America

Editor/Author Waller, John C.
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: 978-0-31-338044-0
Category: Health & Medicine - Health
Image Count: 25
Book Status: Pending
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This book draws upon an extensive literature to document sickness and wellness in environments like rural homesteads, urban East-coast slums, and the hastily built cities of the West. It provides a fascinating historical examination of a century in which Americans made giant strides in understanding disease yet also clung to traditional methods and ideas, charting how U.S. medical science gradually transformed from being a backwater to a world leader in the field.

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Table of Contents

  • Series Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Factors in Health and Wellness
  • The Disease Environment
  • African American Cultures of Health, Disease, and Healing
  • Native American Cultures of Health, Disease, and Healing
  • Health, Disease, and Healing in the European Tradition
  • 2. Education and Training: Learned and Nonlearned
  • Identifying and Training African American Healers
  • The Selection and Training of Native American Healers
  • The Selection and Training of European-Style Healers
  • 3. Faith, Religion, and Medicine
  • Religion in European-Style Medicine
  • Religion and African American Healing
  • Religion and Native American Healing
  • Religion in White, Black, and Native Medicine
  • 4. Women's Health
  • Reproduction and Childbirth
  • The Politics of Reproduction
  • Doctors Writing about Women
  • 5. The Health of Children and Infants
  • A Dangerous Time to Be Young
  • Coping with the Loss of a Child
  • Trying to Save Children's Lives
  • The Balance Sheet
  • 6. Infectious Disease
  • The Specter of Infectious Disease
  • Infectious Disease and the Native Population
  • Slavery and Infectious Disease
  • The Culture of “Live and Let Die”
  • The Slow Beginnings of Sanitary Reform
  • Sanitary Reform Accelerates
  • Public Health in the Ascendant
  • The Recovery Begins
  • Reckoning Up
  • 7. Occupational Health and Dangerous Trades
  • Slavery and Death
  • Sickness and Accidents on Farms
  • The Exploitation of Irish Men and Women
  • The Perils of Manufacturing
  • The Dangers of Mining
  • Death and Debility on the Railways
  • The Miseries of Prostitution
  • Child Labor
  • Unnecessary Deaths
  • 8. Surgery, Dentistry, and Orthopedics
  • Pain, Infection, and Death
  • Rare Breakthroughs
  • Surgery and Slavery
  • The Birth of Anesthesia
  • Surgery and the Civil War
  • The Rise of Aseptic Surgery
  • The Transformation of the Hospital
  • The Flourishing of American Dentistry
  • The Limits of Surgical Advance
  • 9. The Brain and Mental Disorders
  • Antebellum Ideas about Insanity
  • Insanity, Religion, and Morality
  • Medicine for the Insane
  • Moral Treatment and the Rise of the Asylum
  • The Rise of Neurology
  • New and Old Directions
  • 10. The Pharmacopeia
  • Drugs in the European Medical Tradition
  • The Pharmacopeia of African American Medicine
  • The Pharmacopeia of Native American Medicine
  • The Three Traditions
  • 11. War and Health
  • Military Medicine at the Start of the Century
  • The American–Mexican War and Its Aftermath
  • The Civil War Years
  • Sickness and the Spanish–American War of 1898
  • Military Medicine in Transition
  • 12. Institutional Facilities
  • The Antebellum Hospital
  • The American Dispensary
  • The Transformation of the Hospital
  • Inventing the Professional Nurse
  • The Hospital and Medical Education
  • Institutional Care at the End of the Century
  • 13. Disease, Healing, and the Arts
  • Depicting Sickness and Death
  • The Politics of Health
  • Representations of Doctors and Surgeons
  • Bibliography