Health care in America : a history

Burnham, John C. (John Chynoweth), 1929- author

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  • Creator John C. Burnham
  • Format Books
  • Publication
    • Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015
  • Physical Details
    • xiv, 596 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9781421416076, 1421416077, 9781421416083, 1421416085, 9781421416090, 1421416093
  • OCLC ocn879642536


  • This comprehensive history of medicine and public health in America covers changes and developments over four centuries, from the arrival of the first Europeans to the twenty-first century.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Text in English.


  • Health and disease in a land new to Europeans -- Traditional treatment and traditional healers -- The beginnings of change in traditional health care -- Setting the stage for modern medicine and health : the 1850s to the 1880s -- The age of surgery and germ theory : 1880s to 1910s -- Physiological medicine, 1910s to 1930s -- Physicians, public health, and Progressivism -- The era of antibiotics, 1930s to 1950s -- The age of technological medicine, 1940s to 1960s -- Doctors, patients, medical institutions, and society in the age of technological medicine -- Medicine in the environmental era, 1960s to 1980s -- Environmental-era health care in a hostile social climate -- The era of genetic medicine : the late 1980s and after -- The recent past as a new epoch
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