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.

chapter |18 pages


On theory and practice
ByJennifer Stanton

part |46 pages

Close neighbours

part |61 pages

Across nations

chapter |17 pages

The Western mode of nursing evangelized?

Nursing professionalism in twentiethcentury Japan
ByAya Takahashi

chapter |22 pages

Acupuncture and innovation

‘New Age' medicine in the NHS
ByRoberta Bivins

chapter |20 pages

Degrees of control: the spread of operative fracture treatment with metal implants

A comparative perspective on Switzerland, East Germany and the USA, 1950s–1990s
ByThomas Schlich

part |82 pages

Re-innovation and the state

chapter |16 pages

Representing medicine

Innovation and resistance in 1950s Britain
ByKelly Loughlin

chapter |19 pages

Midwifery re-innovation in New Zealand

ByPhilippa Mein Smith

chapter |21 pages

French response to ‘innovation'

The return of the living donor in organ transplantation
ByMartine Gabolde, Anne Marie Moulin