"Soldier's heart": the redefinition of heart disease and specialty formation in early twentieth-century Great Britain.

@article{Howell1985SoldiersHT,
  title={"Soldier's heart": the redefinition of heart disease and specialty formation in early twentieth-century Great Britain.},
  author={Joel D. Howell},
  journal={Medical History. Supplement},
  year={1985},
  pages={34 - 52}
}
Studies of the social construction of diseases have clearly demonstrated how "non-medical" factors such as race, class, and gender are instrumental in their definition. However, less attention has been paid to how changing concepts of disease have interacted with political, military, and economic forces in the shaping of medical specialities. In this paper, I shall discuss how the disorder called "soldier's heart" was redefined by British physicians during and shortly after World War I. Heart… CONTINUE READING

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