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Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America Paperback – June 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0813545769 ISBN-10: 0813545765

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813545765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813545769
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Even as a long-time collector of medical prints, I learned a lot from this extraordinary book. Hansen's digging has turned up many discoveries, providing a new perspective on graphic art in popular culture. The images are wonderful, but this is not just a picture book; it's a great read as well, filled with remarkable insights." --William Helfand, author of several books on medical imagery and a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

"This book is analytical, nostalgic, sensitive, and just plain fun. Bert Hansen's meticulous privileging of the visual is a pathbreaking achievement for methods in the social and cultural history of medicine. You can be rewarded simply by looking at the wonderful pictures, but you will 'see' so much more in his lively prose."
Jacalyn Duffin, Hannah Professor, Queen's University, and former president of the American Association for the History of Medicine

"Even as a long-time collector of medical prints, I learned a lot from this extraordinary book. Hansen's digging has turned up many discoveries, providing a new perspective on graphic art in popular culture. The images are wonderful, but this is not just a picture book; it's a great read as well, filled with remarkable insights."
William Helfand, author of five books on medical imagery and a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

"Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio is an authoritative, well-written account that will be a significant contribution not only to the history of American medicine, but to the history of American popular culture."
Elizabeth Toon, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester

About the Author

Bert Hansen a professor of history at Baruch College, has published a book on medieval science and many articles on the history of modern medicine and public health.

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Bert Hansen was raised in Chicago, where he had the good fortune to be able to take four years of Latin in a public high school. He came East to attend Columbia College, where he majored in chemistry, and followed this with graduate school at Princeton University, earning a Ph.D. in history and history of science. From the mid-1960s to the mid-80s, his primary area of research was science in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. During a year of residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1984-85, he began an examination of American medicine and public health of the 19th and 20th centuries, a focus that continues to the present. He has taught at SUNY-Binghamton, the University of Toronto, New York University, and Baruch College.

In addition to his recent book, "Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America" (2009), he has published "Nicole Oresme and the Marvels of Nature" (1985), and a number of scholarly articles, several of which have been selected for reprinting in undergraduate textbooks. The scholarly journals where his work has appeared include American Scientist, the American Historical Review, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, and the International Journal of Comic Art.

For a more complete biography, see http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/academics/history/bhansen.htm

For a site offering supplementary illustrations for the analysis in "Picturing Medical Progress," see berthansen.com

Photo credit: Barbara Raab

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Science Buff on July 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
More Than a Picture Book!

A lively book for media fans and science buffs, Picturing Medical Progress traces the way mass media covered medical discoveries. To illustrate his highly original theme, Hansen includes many striking illustrations. The writing is crisp and dramatic and the images are spectacular. A fun read!
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This enormously appealing book is filled with the excitement of new insights.
"Genius" and "Celebrity", labels rarely associated with each other, illuminate
and inspire the reader in Hansen's new book.
While brilliantly delivering exactly what the title states, his book additionally
reveals another journey; a history of women in medicine!
These outstanding and not so well known women, are the "Firsts"
in their capacities as well as achievements. Hansen mesmerizes the reader
describing the genius behind their deserved celebrity. Buy this book and read it today!
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