Social medicine was one of the key health paradigms of the early twentieth century. It perceived public health as a function of social conditions and aimed at improving it through comprehensive, horizontal strategies. Yet, it was no homogeneous or static phenomenon. Depending on time, place and circumstances, it took different, sometimes ideologically contradictory forms. This volume portrays leading medical experts from seven European countries. Their juxtaposition reveals a network of international interaction and shows how different people coped with the crises of the time in different ways, sometimes as part of the scientific mainstream, sometimes as opposition under attack, sometimes in exile. Their biographies reflect an ambivalent interplay of biomedicine, politics and social theory.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. 223 pp., 5 fig., 1 table
The Editors: Iris Borowy studied at the Universities of Tübingen (Germany) and Maryland (USA). She has taught twentieth century
history at the University of Rostock (Germany) since 1998. Anne Hardy was educated at Oxford (England) and joined the
staff of the Wellcome Institute in 1990. She is currently Professor of the History of Modern Medicine and Deputy Director
of the Wellcome Trust Center for the History of Medicine at University College London. Both editors are on the Scientific
Board of the European Association for History of Medicine and Health.