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Porter, Roy 1946-2002

Works: 438 works in 2,173 publications in 9 languages and 67,793 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography‡vDictionaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Encyclopedias  Popular works  Biography  Quotations  Reference works  Case studies  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director, Contributor, Author of introduction, Other, Honoree, Dedicatee, ed, Composer, Printer, jt
Classifications: R131, 610.9
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Most widely held works by Roy Porter
The greatest benefit to mankind : a medical history of humanity by Roy Porter( Book )

48 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Roy Porter explores medicine's evolution against the backdrop of the wider religious, scientific, philosophical, and political beliefs of the culture in which it develops, and he shows how our need to understand where diseases come from and what we can do to control them has - perhaps above all elseinspired developments in medicine through the ages. He charts the remarkable rise of modern medical science - the emergence of specialties such as anatomy, physiology, neurology, and bacteriology - as well as the accompanying development of wider medical practice at the bedside, in the hospital, and in the ambitious public health systems of the twentieth century. Along the way the book offers up a treasure trove of historical surprises: how the ancient Egyptians treated incipient baldness with a mixture of hippopotamus, lion, crocodile, goose, snake, and ibex fat; how a mystery epidemic devastated ancient Athens and brought an end to the domination of that great city: how lemons did as much as Nelson to defeat Napoleon: how yellow fever, carried by African mosquitoes to the Americas, led the French to fail utterly in their attempts to recover Haiti after the slave revolt of 1790: and how the explorers of the South Seas brought both syphilis to Tahiti and tuberculosis and measles to the Maoris."--Jacket
The biographical dictionary of scientists by Roy Porter( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 2,202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A one-volume comprehensive introduction to over 1,200men and women in all areas of science, providing biographical information and the significance of each scientist's contribution
Dictionary of the history of science by W. F Bynum( Book )

57 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dictionary of the concepts or ideas that characterize the core features of recent Western science. Focuses on the last 5 centuries. There is emphasis on historiography and the philosophical and metaphysical principles of science, as well as "those parts of the social and human sciences historically most closely linked with the natural sciences." No biographical entries. Entries are lengthy and contain references and authors' initials. Many cross references. Biographical index
Madness : a brief history by Roy Porter( Book )

25 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 2,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of "madness" offers readers a history of mental illness and its treatment. The book reveals radically different perceptions of madness and approaches to its treatment, from antiquity to the present day. The author explores what we really mean by 'madness', covering an enormous range of topics from electric shock therapy to sexual deviancy, witches to creative geniuses, and psychoanalysis to Prozac. The origins of current debates about how we define and deal with insanity are examined through eyewitness accounts of writers, artists, those treating patients, and the mad themselves from holes drilled in five-thousand-year-old skulls to the latest in modern psychotropic drugs. Looking back on his confinement to Bethlem, Restoration playwright Nathaniel Lee declared: "They called me mad, and I called them mad, and damn them, they outvoted me." As the author shows in this work, thinking about who qualifies as insane, what causes mental illness, and how such illness should be treated has varied wildly throughout recorded history, sometimes veering dangerously close to the arbitrariness Lee describes and often encompassing cures considerably worse than the illness itself. Drawing upon eyewitness accounts of doctors, writers, artists, and the mad themselves, the author tells the story of our changing notions of insanity and of the treatments for mental illness that have been employed from antiquity to the present day. Beginning with 5,000-year-old skulls with tiny holes bored in them (to allow demons to escape), through conceptions of madness as an acute phase in the trial of souls, as an imbalance of "the humours," as the "divine fury" of creative genius, as sanity itself in a world gone mad, or as the malfunctioning of brain chemistry, he shows the many ways madness has been perceived and misperceived in every historical period. He also takes us on a fascinating round of treatments, ranging from exorcism and therapeutic terror, including immersion in a tub of eels, to the first asylums, the anti-restraint movement, shock therapy, the birth of psychoanalysis, and the current use of psychotropic drugs. Throughout, this book offers a balanced view, showing both the humane attempts to help the insane as well as the ridiculous and often cruel misunderstanding that have bedeviled our efforts to heal the mind of its myriad afflictions
The Cambridge illustrated history of medicine( Book )

40 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 1,760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine examines, through popular and professional perception, the history and interrelation of disease, health and medicine over more than two thousands years. Readers can trace the chronological story of key developments and events in medical history from antiquity onwards, while at the same time engaging with the issues, discoveries and controversies that have beset and characterized medical progress. The book weaves a connective
London, a social history by Roy Porter( Book )

42 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and Italian and held by 1,529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dazzling and yet intimate book is the first modern one-volume history of London from Roman times to the present. An extraordinary city, London grew from a backwater in the Classical age into an important medieval city, a significant Renaissance urban center, and a modern collossus. Roy Porter writes a whole life of this world-renowned place - from the grid streets and fortresses of Julius Caesar and William the Conqueror to the medieval, walled "most noble city" of churches, friars, and crown and town relationships. Within the crenellated battlements, manufactures and markets developed and street-life buzzed, enlivened with the cries of hawkers and peddlers. People worked, talked, haggled, and relaxed in London's medieval streets, while craftsmen lived where they worked, nestled trade-by-trade in neighborhoods. London's profile in 1500 was much as it was at the peak of Roman power. The city owed its courtly splendor and national pride of the Tudor Age to the phenomenal expansion of its capital. It was the envy of foreigners, the spur of civic patriotism, and a hub of culture, architecture, and great literature and new religion. Tudor Londoners had an insatiable appetite for new workshops, yards and stores, and comfortable homes; and makeshift quarters for laborers from rural areas began to dot the rising city. London experienced a cruel civil war, fires, enlightenment in thought, government, and living, and the struggle and benefits of empire from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. From the lament that "London was but is no more" to "you, who are to stand a wonder to all Years and ages... a phoenix," London became an elegant, eye-catching, metropolitan hub. It was a mosaic that represented the shared values of a people - both high and low born - at work and play. London was and is a wonder city, a marvel. Not since ancient times has there been such a city - not eternal, but vibrant, living, full of a free people ever evolving. As no one before him, Roy Porter captures the deep pulse of his hometown and makes it our own. London's fortunes, people, and imperial glory are recaptured with brio and wit. This is a transcendent book for all lovers of London, cities, and the habits and fortunes of peoples
English society in the eighteenth century by Roy Porter( Book )

55 editions published between 1982 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 1,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a portrait of 18th century England, from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered include - diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages
Blood and guts : a short history of medicine by Roy Porter( Book )

28 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the history of medicine, including the role of doctors, various attempts at controlling disease, and the progress of hospitals
Flesh in the Age of Reason by Roy Porter( Book )

32 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How did we come to a modern understanding of our bodies and souls? ... Roy Porter charts how, through figures as diverse as Locke, Swift, Johnson, and Gibbon, ideas about medicine, politics, and religion fundamentally changed notions of self"--Page [2] of jacket
The Norton history of astronomy and cosmology by John David North( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1,266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of astronomy and the universe
Companion encyclopedia of the history of medicine by W. F Bynum( Book )

30 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a comprehensive reference work which surveys all aspects of the history of medicine, both clinical and social, and reflects the complementary approaches to the discipline. The editors have assembled an international team of scholars to provide detailed and informative factual surveys with contemporary interpretations and historiographical debate. Special Features * Comprehensive: 72 substantial and original essays from internationally respected scholars * Unique: no other publication provides so much information in two volumes * Broad-ranging: includes
The creation of the modern world : the untold story of the British Enlightenment by Roy Porter( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With its representative government, religious tolerance, precocious industrialization, and pioneering individualism, eighteenth-century Britain was at the cutting edge of political, social, and intellectual innovation. Porter examines the influence of such heroic figures as Bacon, Newton, and Locke in shaping the British Enlightenment, as well as the impact of other English essayists and novelists in popularizing modern thought. He persuasively demonstrates how their writings launched the wild phenomenon of Anglomania that swept the Continent and cast the Enlightenment well beyond Europe's shores."--Jacket
Rape by Sylvana Tomaselli( Book )

5 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A social history of madness : the world through the eyes of the insane by Roy Porter( Book )

8 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oxford dictionary of scientific quotations by W. F Bynum( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Compiled over 15 years with the assistance of a distinguished team of specialist advisers, the Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations includes full author descriptions, exact sources, and a word-finding index for easy reference."--Jacket
Mind-forg'd manacles : a history of madness in England from the Restoration to the Regency by Roy Porter( Book )

30 editions published between 1987 and 2005 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is an exploration of the attitudes towards, and treatments for, madness in the age before the mass asylum and the emergence of the psychiatric profession
Inventing human science : eighteenth-century domains( Book )

13 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The human sciences - including psychology, anthropology, and social theory - are widely held to have been born during the 18th century. This full-length, English-language study of the Enlightenment sciences of humans explores the sources, context, and effects of this major intellectual development
Rewriting the self : histories from the Renaissance to the present( Book )

18 editions published in 1997 in English and Italian and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rewriting the Self represents a rare coming together of leading academics from different fields, and offers a stimulating and controversial account of the meanings and histories of identity and the self
Reassessing Foucault : power, medicine, and the body by Colin Jones( Book )

27 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study sets out to examine the implications of Foucault's work for students and researchers in a wide selection of areas in the social and human sciences
The confinement of the insane : international perspectives, 1800-1965( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection examines the origins of asylum as a mechanism for the treatment of insanity. Taking a global view, it considers the socioeconomic & theoretical factors which have shaped the modern notion of madness & the need for confinement of those deemed to be insane
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The greatest benefit to mankind : a medical history of humanity
Alternative Names
Porter, R.

Porter, R. 1946-2002

Porter, Roy

Porter, Roy S.

Porter, Roy S. 1946-

Porter, Roy S. 1946-2002

Porter, Roy Sydney

Porter, Roy Sydney 1946-2002

Roy Porter britischer Historiker

Roy Porter British historian

Roy Porter historien britannique

פורטר, רוי 1946-2002

ポーター, R

ポーター, ロイ


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The biographical dictionary of scientistsDictionary of the history of scienceMadness : a brief historyThe Cambridge illustrated history of medicineLondon, a social historyEnglish society in the eighteenth centuryBlood and guts : a short history of medicineFlesh in the Age of Reason