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Books and articles on Medical History


  • W F Bynum, Science and the Practice of Medicine in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 1994)

  • Diana B Dutton, Worse than the Disease; Pitfalls of Medical Progress (Cambridge University Press,1988)

  • Lawrence I Conrad, Michael Neve, Vivian Nutton, Roy Porter and Andrew Wear, The Western Medical Tradition; 800 BC to 1800 AD (Cambridge University Press, 1995)

  • Roger Cooter,  Mark Harrison and Steve Sturdy (eds), War, Medicine and Modernity (Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 1998)

  • Harris L Coulter, Divided Legacy: The Conflict between Homoeopathy and the American Medical Association (Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1982)

  • Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel; The Fates of Human Societies (New York: W W Norton and Company, 1999)

  • Steve Jones, The Language of the genes; Biology, History and the Evolutionary Future (London: HarperCollins Publishers, 1993)

  • Arno Karlen, Plague’s Progress; a social history of man and disease (London: Orion Books, 2001)

  • James Le Fanu, The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine (London: Abacus Books, 1999)

  • William H McNeill, Plagues and Peoples (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1979)

  • Sharon Ruston, Shelley and Vitality (Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

  • Dana Ullman, The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People & Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy (Berkley: North Atlantic Books, 2007)



  • Michael Dean, 'Comparative evaluation of homeopathy and allopathy within the Parisian hospital system, 1849–1851', Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 103 (2010), 34-36

  • Mary  Wilson, Richard Levins and Andrew Spielman (eds), 'Disease in Evolution; Global changes and emergence of infectious diseases', Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences  740 (1994)


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