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Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England: Ravenous Natures (Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and...

by Alanna Skuse

This book is open access under a CC-BY licence. Cancer is perhaps the modern world's most feared disease. Yet, we know relatively little about this malady's history before the nineteenth century. This book provides the first in-depth examination of perceptions of cancerous disease in early modern England. Looking to drama, poetry and polemic as well as medical texts and personal accounts, it contends that early modern people possessed an understanding of cancer which remains recognizable to us today. Many of the ways in which medical practitioners and lay people imagined cancer – as a 'woman's disease' or a 'beast' inside the body – remain strikingly familiar, and they helped to make this disease a byword for treachery and cruelty in discussions of religion, culture and politics. Equal...

Genre: Fiction, History, Europe, World, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 240 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 27 March 2017 onward  

Evolution of Housing Estate Roads

by Giles Darling

'Evolution of Housing Estate Roads' is a series of two programmes (each about 45 minutes long, excluding commercial breaks) that explores the past, present and future of housing estate roads in the UK, in particular why there is such variability in their layout and appearance.

The programme is suited to television channels that show documentaries. It investigates an unusual topic which is relevant to today's audience because most people in the UK will at some stage of their lives live on or close to a housing estate road. It hopes to inspire the audience to look at these roads with a new interest.

Using a mix of on-location to-camera speaking by two presenters (one male, one female), voice-overs to archive images and film, and informative reconstructions, the prog...

Genre: Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 113 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 27 March 2017 onward  

Reliably Retro: Inventors and Inventions that Took Us Backwards

by Alan Ironside

As history tells us, scientists don't always get it right. This essay highlights some of the stand-out blunders which have had unforeseen consequences for the planet. The essay is illustrated and contains a list of references....

Genre: Nonfiction, Science & Maths, Essays & Commentary, History & Philosophy
Size: 57 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 26 March 2017 onward  

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Universe: Can Human Beings Live And Survive On Different Planets?

by Andrew Williams

Can Human Beings Live and Survive on Different Planets? Find Out Today!


This book contains informative and factual insights to prove that life outside Earth can be possible for humans.
In recent years, scientists and experts have been studying where, how, why and when humans would actually need to leave Earth. We have all heard about the ‘end of the world’ or ‘doomsday’ phrases over and over again. It is true that the Earth is aging and overconsumption of resources makes it age even faster. Many people even believe that the Earth would come to an end soon and humans will perish. But does that mean we should all die together with the Earth, too? Thus, scientists are looking into prospective astronomical bodies such as other planets, stars and moons where hu...

Genre: Nonfiction, Science & Maths, Experiments, Instruments & Measurement, History & Philosophy
Size: 18 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 March 2017 onward  

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Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850-2000: Mycoses and Modernity (Science, Technology and Medicine...

by A. Homei and M. Worboys

This book is open access under a CC BY license. The grand narrative of twentieth-century medicine is the conquering of acute infectious diseases and the rise in chronic, degenerative diseases. The history of fungal infections does not fit this picture; indeed, it runs against it - this book charts the path of fungal infections from the mid nineteenth century to the dawn of the twenty-first century, both in Britain and the United States. It examines how fungal infections became more prevalent and serious over the century, a rise that was linked to the increased incidence of chronic diseases and to social, technological and medical 'progress'. In 1900, conditions such as ringworm, athlete's foot and thrush were minor, external and mostly chronic conditions  irritating, but mostly self-limit...

Genre: History, Americas, Europe, UK, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 240 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 March 2017 onward  

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A History of Self-Harm in Britain: A Genealogy of Cutting and Overdosing (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

by Chris Millard

This book is open access under a CC BY license and is the first account of self-harming behaviour in its proper historical and political context. The rise of self-cutting and overdosing in the 20th century is linked to the sweeping changes in mental and physical health, and wider political context. The welfare state, social work, Second World War, closure of the asylums, even the legalization of suicide, are all implicated in the prominence of self harm in Britain. The rise of 'overdosing as a cry for help' is linked to the integration of mental and physical healthcare, the NHS, and the change in the law on suicide and attempted suicide. The shift from overdosing to self-cutting as the most prominent 'self-damaging' behaviour is also explained, linked to changes in hospital organization an...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, World, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 280 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 March 2017 onward  

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A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain, 1945-1980 (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

by Alison Haggett

This book is open access under a CC BY license.Statistically, women appear to suffer more frequently from depressive and anxiety disorders, featuring more regularly in primary care figures for consultations, diagnoses and prescriptions for psychotropic medication. This has been consistently so throughout the post-war period with current figures suggesting that women are approximately twice more likely to suffer from affective disorders than men. However, this book suggests that the statistical landscape reveals only part of the story. Currently, 75 per cent of suicides are among men, and this trend can also be traced back historically to data that suggests this has been the case since the beginning of the twentieth-century. This book suggests that male psychological illness was in fact no ...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, World, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 230 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 March 2017 onward  

Making Medicines in Africa: The Political Economy of Industrializing for Local Health (International Political Economy Series)

by Maureen Mackintosh and Geoffrey Banda

This book is open access under a CC-BY license. The importance of the pharmaceutical industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, its claim to policy priority, is rooted in the vast unmet health needs of the sub-continent. Making Medicines in Africa is a collective endeavour, by a group of contributors with a strong African and more broadly Southern presence, to find ways to link technological development, investment and industrial growth in pharmaceuticals to improve access to essential good quality medicines, as part of moving towards universal access to competent health care in Africa. The authors aim to shift the emphasis in international debate and initiatives towards sustained Africa-based and African-led initiatives to tackle this huge challenge. Without the technological, industrial, intelle...

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Industries & Professions, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International, Education & Reference, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy, Physics
Size: 360 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 March 2017 onward  

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Dissecting the Criminal Corpse: Staging Post-Execution Punishment in Early Modern England (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

by Elizabeth T. Hurren

Those convicted of homicide were hanged on the public gallows before being dissected under the Murder Act in Georgian England. Yet, from 1752, whether criminals actually died on the hanging tree or in the dissection room remained a medical mystery in early modern society. Dissecting the Criminal Corpse takes issue with the historical cliché of corpses dangling from the hangman’s rope in crime studies. Some convicted murderers did survive execution in early modern England. Establishing medical death in the heart-lungs-brain was a physical enigma. Criminals had large bull-necks, strong willpowers, and hearty survival instincts. Extreme hypothermia often disguised coma in a prisoner hanged in the winter cold. The youngest and fittest were capable of reviving on the dissection table. Many d...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 326 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 07 March 2017 onward  

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