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Porter, Roy 1946-2002

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Dictionary of the history of science by W. F Bynum( Book )

67 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,945 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 )

23 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,935 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 1,706 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 narrative that gives equal weight to disease and to doctors, to scientific medicine and to society, to patients and to practitioners. An important feature of the volume its rich and extensive coverage of the past hundred and fifty years - a critical era in the development of medicine
London : a social history by Roy Porter( Book )

47 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,540 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 )

60 editions published between 1982 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 1,412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 )

40 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in English and held by 1,293 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
Flesh in the Age of Reason by Roy Porter( Book )

38 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,284 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 Enlightenment by Roy Porter( Book )

58 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and Italian and held by 1,232 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
The Norton history of astronomy and cosmology by John David North( Book )

2 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 1,231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of astronomy and the universe
The biographical dictionary of scientists by Roy Porter( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,118 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
Companion encyclopedia of the history of medicine by W. F Bynum( Book )

25 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The creation of the modern world : the untold story of the British Enlightenment by Roy Porter( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 981 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
Oxford dictionary of scientific quotations by W. F Bynum( Book )

27 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 965 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 )

14 editions published in 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 516 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 )

20 editions published in 1997 in English and Italian and held by 471 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 )

31 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 429 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 )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 329 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
Out of sight by Elmore Leonard( Visual )

3 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

(Producer) Learn the history of the rise and decline of asylums and other institutions for the mentally ill. Beginning with family care in the Middle Ages, this program traces custodial care and treatment of the insane through its greatest transformations in the 19th century to its peak in the 1950s and its present-day decline. Through historical records, re-enactments, rare archival footage and scenes from modern facilities, explore the triumphs and brutalities of mental institutions, and understand the current policies of deinstitutionalization
To define true madness( Visual )

2 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 7 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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Madness : a brief history
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 Brits medisch historicus (1946-2002)

Roy Porter historiador británico

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



Madness : a brief historyThe Cambridge illustrated history of medicineLondon : a social historyEnglish society in the eighteenth centuryA social history of madness : the world through the eyes of the insaneFlesh in the Age of ReasonThe EnlightenmentThe Norton history of astronomy and cosmology