Health Culture in the Heartland, 1880-1980

Health Culture in the Heartland, 1880-1980 : An Oral History

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This history of health, illness, and medical care in one downstate Illinois county offers a richly detailed account, spanning more than a century of health care, from the perspectives of county residents, nurses, doctors, and public health professionals. Drawing on a wealth of oral history interviews, hospital records, and other primary documents, Lucinda McCray Beier provides insight into home management of ill health, birth, and death; nurses\u2019 training and practices; the experiences of African American healers and patients; public health provision; and other topics. By observing the history of medicine and public health through the eyes of practitioners and laypeople over an extended period in one Midwestern county, this volume offers insight into broad American experience as well as an important counterweight to metropolitan-oriented, physician-centered studies.
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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 158 x 230 x 24mm | 539.77g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252033485
  • 9780252033483

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"Well-written and smoothly flowing. . . . Anyone interested in how changes in life, death, and expectations about health care evolve over a century would be remiss if they did not read, and enjoy, this book."--Annals of Iowa "Beier has contributed substantially to a new understanding of biomedicine in the twentieth century Midwest and in the United States."--Journal of Illinois History "An interesting portrait of the shift from rural and traditional nineteenth-century medical care to modernized, scientific, professional medical care and public health rules and regulations as seen from the perspectives of doctors, nurses, patients, and other community members."The Journal of American History"This is a must book for those with interests in family, cultural, social, gender, ethnic, and medical history. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice
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About Lucinda McCray Beier

Lucinda McCray Beier is a professor of history at Illinois State University. She is the author of Sufferers and Healers: The Experience of Illness in Seventeenth-Century England and For Their Own Good: The Transformation of English Working-Class Health Culture, 1880-1970.
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