Writing History in the Age of Biomedicine

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A noted medical historian explores the roles played by various intellectual frameworks and trends in the writing of history


"....an intellectual tour de force wresting with Marc Bloch's original quest to interrogate the purpose, meaning, and methodology of the historian's craft....this will be a 'must have' book for introducing students to the study of history, especially at the graduate level."-Dorothy Porter, Professor in the History of Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

Dorothy Porter

"I can think of no really comparable recent book…Writing History in the Age of Biomedicine may turn out to be quite significant as a touchstone for the internal critique of historical scholarship in the first decade of the current century."-William Summers, Yale University

William Summers

"In the 21st century there is no arena of history more contested than that of biomedicine. Roger Cooter's Writing History in the Age of Biomedicine (written with Claudia Stein) is the first serious attempt to look at the historiography of medicine as an index of the debates about meaning and its generation within these debates.  Whether examining questions of biopower in biomedical science, the new materialism and its claims at truth, or looking at the analysis of specific themes, such as the history of HIV/AIDS and its representation, Cooter and Stein provide detailed and critical looks at the shifting assumptions within the history of biomedicine.  This is more than an important book from two seminal thinkers:  it is a call to examine the shifts in the writing of bio-history and their underlying political assumptions."-Sander Gilman, author of Difference and Pathology

Sander Gilman

"In this gnarly and very personal meta-historiography, scholar-provocateur Roger Cooter dishes the political epistemological dirt.  Essay by essay, Cooter's pilgrim progress goes through a dizzying spin cycle of social, literary, cultural, pictorial, neuroscientific, material turns."-Michael Sappol, author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies: Anatomy and Embodied Social Identity in 19th-Century America

Michael Sappol

“This is a career-spanning collection of essays by the historian of science from the 1970s to the present, with a jeremiad of an introduction that will provoke lively debate.”—Roger Luckhurst, Times Higher Education Supplement

Times Higher Education Supplememt - Roger Luckhurst

Author Biography

Roger Cooter is a professor at the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University College London, where he specializes in the social history of ideas in science and medicine. Claudia Stein is an associate professor of history at the University of Warwick.

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Yale University Press
Date Published
5 July 2013
Publication Place
Yale University Press

Roger Cooter (author)

Claudia Stein (other primary creator)




History of medicine

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