George Rousseau

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drowning drunks in the Dutch Republic during the eighteenth century is nicely complemented by Roy Porter's overview of the free market in medicine in Georgian England, in which elite physicians could not resist picking up their share of the profits of household pharmacy. Hilary Marland's discussion of the late entry of women into Dutch medicine highlights(More)
struggle of medical practitioners to assert their new authority as scientific professionals between 1870 and 1930. The shift towards the hiring of physicians rather than midwives, however, had little to do with an improved scientific training of physicians. As Borst points out in the case of Wisconsin, medical school training in childbirth was often no more(More)
Bronfen's menacing "knot" is the perennial paradox of mind and body, health and illness, the corporal body and its representations, all of whose antinomies have been annexed to hysteria in our century. 'Hysteria and its discontents', as her Freudian subtitle suggests: the medical malady, human condition, and cultural discourse for which all categories(More)
Same-sex studies are now so advanced that "source books" retrieving their record, like this one, are a boom-industry. The development parallels studies of gender arrangements in the pre-AIDS aftermath of the Wolfenden Act of 1967 which legalized consenting homosexual intercourse in private. Both are nuanced and trustworthy, but White's is the first(More)
provide a context for this diagnosis by reference to Michael MacDonald's study of the Mary Glover case, and by a brisk tour through recent work on modem hysteria. In view of the intensely culture-bound nature of such phenomena, it is not clear that most of this is directly relevant, although it is suggestive. Further discussion of the flexible boundary(More)