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Porter, Roy 1946-2002

Works: 389 works in 2,261 publications in 6 languages and 69,121 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Case studies  Encyclopedias  Popular works  Quotations  Reference works  Dictionaries  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director, Contributor, Author of introduction, Other, Honoree, Composer, Collector, Printer, Creator
Classifications: R131, 610.9
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Roy Porter
The greatest benefit to mankind : a medical history of humanity by Roy Porter( Book )

38 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 2,807 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 Cambridge illustrated history of medicine( Book )

55 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 2,290 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
Dictionary of the history of science by W. F Bynum( Book )

58 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,048 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 )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,966 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
London, a social history by Roy Porter( Book )

47 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,551 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 )

58 editions published between 1982 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 1,416 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
A social history of madness : the world through the eyes of the insane by Roy Porter( Book )

38 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in English and held by 1,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie op basis van hun autobiografieën over vele mensen in de loop der tijden die door de maatschappij als krankzinnig bestempeld werden
The Enlightenment by Roy Porter( Book )

63 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text, now in a fully updated second edition, sympathetically explores the complexities of the Enlightenment. Synthesizing and evaluating the scholarship, it offers a comprehensive vision of this many faceted movement
Flesh in the Age of Reason by Roy Porter( Book )

33 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,299 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
Blood and guts : a short history of medicine by Roy Porter( Book )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the history of medicine, including the role of doctors, various attempts at controlling disease, and the progress of hospitals
The Norton history of astronomy and cosmology by John David North( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of astronomy and the universe
The Social history of language by Peter Burke( Book )

43 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and French and held by 1,204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Companion encyclopedia of the history of medicine by W. F Bynum( Book )

40 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 1,106 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
Rape by Sylvana Tomaselli( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and held by 1,097 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

20 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 970 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
Inventing human science : eighteenth-century domains by Robert Wokler( Book )

13 editions published in 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 513 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 )

22 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Italian and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fundamental issue of identity has been endlessly explored by philosophers, poets, priests, psychologists, and men and women generally. Whilst the question has stayed the same, the answers offered have changed over time. This book examines changing notions of selfhood from a historical perspective. The overarching perception of Rewriting the Self is that the received version of the 'ascent of Western man' needs to be rethought in the light of the critical cultural analyses of today. Rereadings are offered of classic texts like those of Descartes, but wider perspectives are also presented. These assess the discursive construction of the self in the light of political, technological and social changes
Reassessing Foucault : power, medicine, and the body by Colin Jones( Book )

29 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 420 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 )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 318 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
To define true madness( Visual )

2 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

(Producer) Examine views of mental illness throughout the history of Western society, and understand why so little progress has been made in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric conditions. This program uses art and literature to describe cultural attitudes toward insanity and poses questions about the mentally ill that have perplexed humanity throughout the ages. Scenes of psychiatric treatments and interviews with mentally ill patients explore what it means to be insane, how it feels to those who experience it and how it is diagnosed by doctors and psychiatrists
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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, 1946-

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 Brits medisch historicus (1946-2002)

Roy Porter historien britannique

פורטר, רוי 1946-2002

포터, 로이

포터, 로이 1946-2002

ポーター, R

ポーター, ロイ



The Cambridge illustrated history of medicineDictionary of the history of scienceMadness : a brief historyLondon, a social historyEnglish society in the eighteenth centuryA social history of madness : the world through the eyes of the insaneThe EnlightenmentFlesh in the Age of Reason