The Routledge History of Disease draws on innovative scholarship in the history of medicine to explore the challenges involved in writing about health and disease throughout the past and across the globe, presenting a varied range of case studies and perspectives on the patterns, technologies and narratives of disease that can be identified in the past and that continue to influence our present.

Organized thematically, chapters examine particular forms and conceptualizations of disease, covering subjects from leprosy in medieval Europe and cancer screening practices in twentieth-century USA to the ayurvedic tradition in ancient India and the pioneering studies of mental illness that took place in nineteenth-century Paris, as well as discussing the various sources and methods that can be used to understand the social and cultural contexts of disease.

Chapter 24 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license. https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.4324/9781315543420.ch24 ;

chapter 1|18 pages

Perspectives on The History of Disease

ByMark Jackson

part I|108 pages


chapter 2|17 pages

Humours and Humoral Theory

ByR. J. Hankinson

chapter 3|16 pages

Models of Disease in Ayurvedic Medicine

ByDominik Wujastyk

chapter 4|17 pages

Religion, Magic and Medicine

ByCatherine Rider

chapter 5|18 pages


ByMichael Worboys

chapter 6|20 pages

Emotions and Mental Illness

ByElena Carrera

chapter 7|18 pages

Deviance as Disease

The medicalization of sex and crime
ByJana Funke

part II|172 pages


chapter 8|18 pages


ByMark Harrison

chapter 9|18 pages

Patterns of Animal Disease

ByAbigail Woods

chapter 10|18 pages

Patterns of Plague in Late Medieval and Early-Modern Europe

BySamuel Cohn

chapter 11|19 pages

Symptoms of Empire

Cholera in Southeast Asia, 1820–1850
ByRobert Peckham

chapter 12|19 pages

Disease, Geography and The Market

Epidemics of cholera in Tokyo in the late nineteenth century
ByAkihito Suzuki

chapter 13|18 pages

Histories and Narratives of Yellow Fever in Latin America

ByMónica García

chapter 14|18 pages

Race, Disease and Public Health

Perceptions of Māori health
ByKatrina Ford

chapter 15|22 pages

Re-writing the ‘English Disease’

Migration, ethnicity and ‘tropical rickets’
ByRoberta Bivins

chapter 16|20 pages

Social Geographies of Sickness and Health In Contemporary Paris

Toward a human ecology of mortality in the 2003 heat wave disaster 1
ByRichard C. Keller

part III|160 pages


chapter 18|15 pages

Disease, Rehabilitation and Pain

ByJulie Anderson

chapter 19|23 pages

From Paraffin to PIP

The surgical search for the perfect breast 1
ByFay Bound Alberti

chapter 20|20 pages

Cancer Screening

ByDavid Cantor

chapter 21|24 pages

Medical Bacteriology

Microbes and disease, 1870–2000
ByChristoph Gradmann

chapter 22|18 pages

Technology and The ‘Social Disease’

ByHelen Bynum

chapter 23|19 pages

Reorganising Chronic Disease Management

Diabetes and bureaucratic technologies in post-war British general practice
ByMartin D. Moore

chapter 24|20 pages

Before HIV

Venereal disease among homosexually active men in England and North America
ByRichard A. McKay
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part IV|141 pages


chapter 25|13 pages

Leprosy and Identity in The Middle Ages

ByElma Brenner

chapter 26|17 pages

French Medical Consultations by Mail, 1600–1800

ByRobert Weston

chapter 28|17 pages

Digital Narratives

Four ‘hits’ in the history of migraine
ByKatherine Foxhall

chapter 29|18 pages

Case Notes and Madness

ByAlannah Tomkins

chapter 30|18 pages

Literature and Disease

A novel contagion
BySam Goodman

chapter 31|16 pages

When Bodies Need Stories in Pictures 1

ByArthur W. Frank

chapter 32|19 pages

Living in The Present

Illness, phenomenology, and well-being
ByHavi Carel