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Porter, Roy 1946-2002

Works: 485 works in 2,926 publications in 5 languages and 74,984 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Biographies  Encyclopedias  Reference works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Case studies  Popular works  Quotations  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Publishing director, Author of introduction, Collector, htt, Honoree, Composer, Dedicatee, Creator, 070
Classifications: R131, 610.9
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Most widely held works by Roy Porter
Madness : a brief history by Roy Porter( Book )

32 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,946 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
Dictionary of the history of science by W. F Bynum( Book )

57 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 2,868 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
The greatest benefit to mankind : a medical history of humanity by Roy Porter( Book )

51 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in English and held by 2,716 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
Reassessing Foucault : power, medicine, and the body by Colin Jones( )

38 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 2,188 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
Inventing human science : eighteenth-century domains by Robert Wokler( )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,158 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 by Roy Porter( )

25 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 2,069 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
The confinement of the insane : international perspectives, 1800-1965( )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 1,776 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
The Cambridge illustrated history of medicine( Book )

46 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,681 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 )

53 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,545 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 )

68 editions published between 1982 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 1,501 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
The Enlightenment by Roy Porter( Book )

71 editions published between 1990 and 2019 in English and Italian and held by 1,338 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
A social history of madness : the world through the eyes of the insane by Roy Porter( Book )

49 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "A social history of madness", the historian Roy Porter examines the autobiographical writings of the clinically insane--and for the first time, examines them from the point of view of the mad themselves. How do the mad perceive the world they live in, the doctors who treat (or don't treat) them, or their own supposed insanity? What can the ordeal of insanity tell us about the human experience, and about the very foundation of our society?
Companion encyclopedia of the history of medicine( Book )

4 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text provides an account of the development of medical science in its various branches, and includes discussions of the medical profession and its institutions, and the impact of medicine upon populations, economic development, culture, religions, and thought
Flesh in the Age of Reason by Roy Porter( Book )

44 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,291 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 )

26 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 1,241 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 )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 1,178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of astronomy and the universe
Oxford dictionary of scientific quotations by W. F Bynum( Book )

35 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 1,096 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
The Hutchinson dictionary of scientific biography by Helicon Publishing( )

35 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an authoritative and accessible look at the lives of the men and women who have shaped science
The biographical dictionary of scientists by Roy Porter( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in English and held by 1,030 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
Mind-forg'd manacles : a history of madness in England from the Restoration to the Regency by Roy Porter( Book )

38 editions published between 1987 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,011 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
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The greatest benefit to mankind : a medical history of humanity
Dictionary of the history of scienceThe greatest benefit to mankind : a medical history of humanityReassessing Foucault : power, medicine, and the bodyInventing human science : eighteenth-century domainsRewriting the self : histories from the Renaissance to the presentThe confinement of the insane : international perspectives, 1800-1965The Cambridge illustrated history of medicineLondon : a social history
Alternative Names
Porter, R

Porter, R. 1946-2002

Porter, Ray, 1946-2002

Porter, Roy

Porter, Roy, 1946-

Porter, Roy S.

Porter, Roy S. 1946-

Porter, Roy S. 1946-2002

Porter Roy Sidney

Porter Roy Sydney

Porter, Roy Sydney 1946-2002

Roy Porter britischer Historiker

Roy Porter Brits medisch historicus (1946-2002)

Roy Porter historiador britànic

Roy Porter historiador británico

Roy Porter historian britanik

Roy Porter historien britannique

פורטר, רוי 1946-2002

روى بورتر مؤرخ من المملكه المتحده

روي بورتر مؤرخ بريطاني

포터, R. 1946-2002

포터, 로이

포터, 로이 1946-2002

포터, 로이 S. 1946-2002

포터, 로이 시드니 1946-2002

ポーター, R

ポーター, ロイ