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Conversations in Medicine and Society (Series)

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The Conversations in Medicine and Society series publishes innovative, accessible, and provocative books on a range of topics related to health, society, culture, and policy in modern America (1900 to the present). Current and upcoming titles focus on the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of health and sickness, public policy, medical professionalization, and subjective experiences of illness.

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Launching Global Health

The Caribbean Odyssey of the Rockefeller Foundation

An in-depth look at the Rockefeller Foundation's earliest ventures in international health

The DNA Mystique

The Gene as a Cultural Icon

Explores the values, assumptions, and consequences of the circulation of DNA in popular culture

Formative Years

Children's Health in the United States, 1880-2000

Sheds light on the development of the fields of pediatrics and child health during the last century

Student Bodies

The Influence of Student Health Services in American Society and Medicine

Explores the fascinating connections between university health centers and the evolution of American health and medicine

Ordinary Life

A Memoir of Illness

A searingly honest account of one woman's ordeal with cancer that offers insights into all the emotions and reactions that illness evokes---sometimes noble, sometimes selfish, often despairing

White Coat, Clenched Fist

The Political Education of an American Physician

A doctor tells his own behind-the-scenes story of the making of a medical man and the disintegration of an American myth


A Physician's Journey with Breast Cancer

A memoir of a physician with breast cancer, Inside/Outside tells the unforgettable story of when a doctor becomes a patient

Deadly Dust

Silicosis and the On-Going Struggle to Protect Workers' Health

New and expanded edition

A new and expanded edition of the authors' pivotal examination of the national silicosis crisis

The Midnight Meal and Other Essays About Doctors, Patients, and Medicine

New and expanded edition

Focusing on the human interaction of the industry this collection of essays asks, "Can you teach compassion?"

Universal Coverage

The Elusive Quest for National Health Insurance

Examines why the U.S. is the only industrialized nation without universal health insurance coverage