Critical Issues in Health and Medicine

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Toxic Exposures

Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United States

Rutgers University Press

Toxic Exposures tells the shocking story of how the United States and its allies intentionally subjected thousands of their own servicemen to mustard gas as part of their preparation for chemical warfare. Drawing from once-classified government records, military reports, scientists’ papers, and veterans’ testimony, Susan L. Smith assesses the poisonous legacies of these experiments, including scientific racism and environmental degradation. In addition, she reveals their surprising impact on the origins of chemotherapy as cancer treatment and the development of veterans’ rights movements.

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Children and Drug Safety

Balancing Risk and Protection in Twentieth-Century America

Rutgers University Press

This book traces the development, use, and marketing of drugs for children in the twentieth century. It illuminates the historical dimension of a clinical and policy issue with great contemporary significance—many of the drugs administered to children today have never been tested for safety and efficacy in the pediatric population. 

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Rest Uneasy

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Twentieth-Century America

Rutgers University Press

Rest Uneasy investigates the processes by which SIDS became both a discrete medical enigma and a source of social anxiety construed differently over time and according to varying perspectives. Brittany Cowgill chronicles and assesses Americans’ fraught but consequential efforts to explain and conquer SIDS.

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Lady Lushes

Gender, Alcoholism, and Medicine in Modern America

Rutgers University Press

In Lady Lushes, medical historian Michelle L. McClellan traces the story of the female alcoholic from the late-nineteenth through the twentieth century. She draws on a range of sources—including medical literature, archival materials, popular media, and autobiographical writings of alcoholic women—to demonstrate the persistence of the belief that alcohol use is antithetical to an idealized feminine role.  
 

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Selling Science

Polio and the Promise of Gamma Globulin

Rutgers University Press

In Selling Science, medical historian Stephen E. Mawdsley recounts the untold story of the first large clinical trial to control polio, using 55,000 healthy children. The value of the proposed experiment was questioned by many prominent health professionals, but as Mawdsley points out, compromise and coercion moved it forward. He shows that at a time when most Americans trusted scientists, their mutual encounter under the auspices of conquering disease was shaped by politics, marketing, and at times, deception.

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Transplanting Care

Shifting Commitments in Health and Care in the United States

Rutgers University Press

Transplanting Care examines the daily lives of midwestern organ transplant patients and their caregivers, from pretransplant preparations through to the long posttransplant recovery. Drawing on scores of interviews with patients, relatives, and healthcare professionals, Laura L. Heinemann follows a variety of patients and loved ones as they undertake this difficult “transplant journey” while coping with a paucity of resources for caregiving.

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