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Book Review: Paxton on Carden-Coyne, The Politics of Wounds - Military Patients and Medical Power in the First World War

Paxton on Carden-Coyne, 'The Politics of Wounds: Military Patients and Medical Power in the First World War' Ana Carden-Coyne. The Politics of Wounds: Military Patients and Medical Power in the First World War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. xii + 382 pp. $110.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-969826-4. Reviewed by Jennifer Paxton (Texas Tech) Published on H-War (July, 2015) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey All wars are traumatic. All wars result in damaged and devastated bodies, traumatized minds, and terrible tragedy. However, as described by Ana Carden-Coyne in her book The Politics of Wounds , World War I proved itself particularly horrific in this respect, as men in incredible numbers bore the wounds of new, more scientific, more industrialized warfare. It is these men, their wounds, and their pain which form the subject of The Politics of Wounds . Carden-Coyne seeks to give a voice to a group which has frequently been voiceless in the historiography of

Wilson on Williams, 'Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio'

Gareth Williams. Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Illustrations. xvii + 354 pp. $29.99 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-137-29975-8; $20.00 (paper), ISBN 978-1-137-50658-0. Reviewed by Daniel J. Wilson (Muhlenberg College) Published on H-Disability (July, 2015) Commissioned by Iain C. Hutchison Gareth Williams’s recent history of polio, Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio , traces the rise and fall of epidemic polio in the twentieth century. Focused on the medical and scientific aspects of the disease, the book pays relatively little attention to the men and women who had the disease and then lived with permanent muscle weakness and paralysis. Williams traces the clinical and laboratory research on polio from the late eighteenth century to the late twentieth century, and he rehearses the familiar story of the competition between Jonas Salk (1914-95), Albert Sabin (1906-93), and others to produce an effective and safe vaccine. While Wi

ESHHS/CHEIRON 2016 - call for abstracts

FIRST CALL FOR ABSTRACTS JOINT MEETING ESHHS (European Society for the History of Human Sciences) & CHEIRON (International Society for the History of Behavioural and Social Sciences) Barcelona, Spain, June 27-July 1, 2016 ESHHS and CHEIRON invite submissions to their joint conference to be held from June 27 to July 1, 2016, at the Centre for History of Science (CEHIC), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Sessions, papers, workshops, round-tables and posters may deal with any aspect of the history of the human, behavioural or social sciences. However, this year’s conference will devote particular interest in topics such as: historiography history and philosophy of science popularization of science and the role of experts in modern society the circulation of science and technology in the European periphery Submissions : must be received by January 15 , 2016. Please send your proposal electr

The Changing Cultures of Government Science Since 1979: Exploring Privatisation and Commercialisation through Life Histories

The School of History at the University of Leicester and The British Library invite applications for a three year AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship available from 1 October 2015. This studentship will combine academic research on this topic with the experience of working as part a professional team of oral historians and archivists.  Applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including history, history of science, policy studies, sociology and management are encouraged to apply. This doctoral award is funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under its Collaborative Doctoral Programme. This studentship will pay full-time University UK/EU tuition fees and include an annual stipend (maintenance grant) paid by the ARHC to the subject to the eligibility criteria outlined by them (see below). The AHRC annual stipend for 2015-16 is £14,057. In addition The British Library will provide limited annual funding to support trave