James A. Secord

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Since his death in 1882, if not before, Charles Darwin has been a key icon of the modern era. The bearded sage of Down House has been invoked in a wide range of contexts in the English-speaking world, from eugenics and social policy to debates about the implications of science for religious belief. The essays in this Focus section explore the Darwinian(More)
What big questions and large-scale narratives give coherence to the history of science? From the late 1970s onward, the field has been transformed through a stress on practice and fresh perspectives from gender studies, the sociology of knowledge, and work on a greatly expanded range of practitioners and cultures. Yet these developments, although long(More)
ARTHUR E. IMHOF (editor), Mensch und Gesundheit in der Geschichte (Abhandlungen zur Geschichte der Medizin und der Naturwissenschaften, no. 39), Husum, Matthiesen Verlag, 1980, 8vo. pp. vii, 415, DM. 69.00 (paperback). This volume is the outcome of an international colloquium held in Berlin on 20-23 September 1978. A research project on the topic of 'Men(More)
from a wide range of secondary sources. While it tries for a comprehensive overview, it does rely heavily on the Anglo-American experience. Like Peter Gay's study of middle-class sexuality, Russett's work will be mined for a great deal of insightful material, but it also has some rather substantial drawbacks. For this presents the reader who is interested(More)
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