Innovations in Health and Medicine: Diffusion and Resistance in the Twentieth Century (Routledge Studies in the Social History of Medicine)

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This volume brings together cutting edge research by historians from Britain, Germany, France, the US, Japan and New Zealand. Innovative in its approach to innovation, it focuses on diffusion and resistance, and organization as well as technology.
The collection features issues such as control and compliance, professional power and economic constraint, cultural divides, 'configured users' and ingenuity. The introductory essay relates the collection to history and sociology of innovation and technology, asking 'what is distinctive about medicine and health?' Explorations of recent cases, along with deeper probing of the past century, call into question how the past relates to the future. Health policy makers and analysts, practitioners, users and historians will find the editor's claims for the uses of history provocative.
With its emphasis on clarity of writing, its mix of empirical details and analysis, and its rich bibliography, this volume offers rewards to academic and health service readers alike.

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Jennifer Stanton works with the History Group at teh London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has published on the history of medical technologies, infectious disease research and policy, and African child health.

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"The collection provides us with interesting case studies, an index and a well-crafted introduction. It will be useful not only to social historians of medicine but also to those involved in the planning and running of health systems.."
-Carsten Timmerman, University of Manchester
"Detailed but brief descriptions of recent medical procedures and organizational changes make "Innovations most helpful to historians who wish to include more contemporary material in their history of medicine and health lectures.."
-"Journal of History and Medicine, vol. 59, Jan 2004

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