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Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine


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Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine aims to stimulate research in the field, concentrating on the twentieth century. It seeks to contribute to our understanding of science, technology and medicine as they are embedded in society, exploring the links between the subjects on the one hand and the cultural, economic, political and institutional contexts of their genesis and development on the other. Within this framework, and while not favouring any particular methodological approach, the series welcomes studies which examine relations between science, technology, medicine and society in new ways, e.g. the social construction of technologies, large technical systems etc.

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Medical Memories and Experiences in Postwar East Germany: Treatments of the Past

Medical Memories and Experiences in Postwar East Germany: Treatments of the Past

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Markus Wahl
June 19, 2019

This book draws on the example of the major cities of Leipzig and Dresden to illustrate continuity and change in public health in the German Democratic Republic. Based on archival work it will demonstrate how members of the medical profession successfully manipulated their pre-1945 past in order to...

Cold Science: Environmental Knowledge in the North American Arctic during the Cold War

Cold Science: Environmental Knowledge in the North American Arctic during the Cold War

1st Edition

Stephen Bocking, Daniel Heidt
March 12, 2019

Science during the Cold War has become a matter of lively interest within the historical research community, attracting the attention of scholars concerned with the history of science, the Cold War, and environmental history. The Arctic—recognized as a frontier of confrontation between the...

Pioneering Health in London, 1935-2000: The Peckham Experiment

Pioneering Health in London, 1935-2000: The Peckham Experiment

1st Edition

David Kuchenbuch
November 02, 2018

The Peckham Experiment, conducted between 1935 and 1950 in the London Pioneer Health Centre, was one of the most talked-about social experiments of the 20th century. Families from the South London neighbourhood of Peckham were invited to use the facilities of a radiantly modern building. They were...

Soviet Science and Engineering in the Shadow of the Cold War

Soviet Science and Engineering in the Shadow of the Cold War

1st Edition

Hiroshi Ichikawa
October 19, 2018

The 1950s were a vital time in the history of science. In accordance with the intensification of the Cold War, many scientific talents were mobilized to several military-related research and development projects not only in the United States, but also in the Soviet Union. Contrary to the...

Urban Histories of Science: Making Knowledge in the City, 1820-1940

Urban Histories of Science: Making Knowledge in the City, 1820-1940

1st Edition

Oliver Hochadel, Agustí Nieto-Galan
September 26, 2018

This book tells ten urban histories of science from nine cities—Athens, Barcelona, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Dublin (2 articles), Glasgow, Helsinki, Lisbon, and Naples—situated on the geographical margins of Europe and beyond. Ranging from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries, the ...

Health Policies in Interwar Europe: A Transnational Perspective

Health Policies in Interwar Europe: A Transnational Perspective

1st Edition

Josep L. Barona
August 10, 2018

Research into public health policies and expert instruction has been oriented traditionally in the national context. There is a rich historiography that analyses the development of health policies and systems in various European and American countries during the first decades of the twentieth...

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach: Race and Natural History, 1750–1850

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach: Race and Natural History, 1750–1850

1st Edition

Nicolaas Rupke, Gerhard Lauer
July 12, 2018

The major significance of the German naturalist-physician Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752–1840) as a topic of historical study is the fact that he was one of the first anthropologists to investigate humankind as part of natural history. Moreover, Blumenbach was, and continues to be, a central...

Closing the Door on Globalization: Internationalism, Nationalism, Culture and Science in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Closing the Door on Globalization: Internationalism, Nationalism, Culture and Science in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

1st Edition

Cláudia Ninhos, Fernando Clara
October 10, 2017

This is a book about the tensions and entangled interactions between internationalism and nationalism, and about the effects both had on European scientific and cultural settings from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. From chemistry to philology the essays tackle different historical...

Spatializing the History of Ecology: Sites, Journeys, Mappings

Spatializing the History of Ecology: Sites, Journeys, Mappings

1st Edition

Raf de Bont, Jens Lachmund
June 27, 2017

Throughout its history, the discipline of ecology has always been profoundly entangled with the history of space and place. On the one hand, ecology is a field science that has thrived on the study of concrete spatial entities, such as islands, forests or rivers. These spaces are the workplaces in...

Cancer, Radiation Therapy, and the Market

Cancer, Radiation Therapy, and the Market

1st Edition

Barbara Bridgman Perkins
June 09, 2017

Appraising cancer as a major medical market in the 2010s, Wall Street investors placed their bets on single-technology treatment facilities costing $100-$300 million each. Critics inside medicine called the widely-publicized proton-center boom "crazy medicine and unsustainable public policy." There...

The Social Construction of Disease: From Scrapie to Prion

The Social Construction of Disease: From Scrapie to Prion

1st Edition

Kiheung Kim
May 17, 2016

A historical exploration of scientific disputes on the causation of so-called ‘prion diseases’, this fascinating book covers diseases including Scrapie, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). Firstly tracing the twentieth-century history of disease research and...

Collaboration in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Changing Relationships in Britain and France, 1935–1965

Collaboration in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Changing Relationships in Britain and France, 1935–1965

1st Edition

Viviane Quirke
May 13, 2016

Examining the issue of  'British decline' after the war, this fascinating text describes the evolution of cooperation in Britain and France, and argues that the relationship between these two countries helped to disseminate a culture of research, resulting in the transformation of the medical...

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