JHU Biographies of Disease: Johns Hopkins University Press

Intolerant Bodies: A Short History of Autoimmunity

"Anderson and MacKay reward any readers who have dedicated decades to researching a cure for type 1 diabetes, and other equally elusive autoimmune diseases, by illustrating just how far into other scholarly realms the concepts of autoimmunity have reached." —Sarah Linklater The Lancet


More Than Hot: A short history of fever

"The technical history of fever concepts requires a ... historian ... of broad experience ... In Christopher Hamlin, the subject has an author ... who brings to his topic a breadth of specialist and general knowledge, which makes this text a formidable contribution to various fields. More Than Hot is a dazzling, bravura book."
—Christopher Lawrence, University College London


Aging Bones: A Short History of Osteoporosis. Gerald N. Grob.

Before World War II, popular attitudes held that the declining physical and mental health of older persons was neither preventable nor reversible ... the physiological processes that influenced the health of bones remained mysterious. Grob makes a historical inquiry into how this one aspect of aging came to be considered a disease.


The PKU Paradox: A Short History of a Genetic Disease. DB Paul, JP Brosco.

In a lifetime of practice, most physicians will never encounter a single case of PKU. Yet every physician in the industrialized world learns about the disease in medical school and, since the early 1960s, the newborn heel stick test for PKU has been mandatory in many countries. Diane B. Paul and Jeffrey P. Brosco’s beautifully written book explains this paradox.


Anxiety: A Short History. Allan V. Horwitz.

More people today report feeling anxious than ever before―even while living in relatively safe and prosperous modern societies. Almost one in five people experiences an anxiety disorder each year... Here Allan V. Horwitz, a sociologist of mental illness and mental health, narrates how this condition has been experienced, understood, and treated through the ages―from Hippocrates, through Freud, to today.


Death in a Small Package: A Short History of Anthrax. Susan D. Jones.

A disease of soil, animals, and people, anthrax has threatened lives for at least two thousand years. Farmers have long recognized its lasting virulence, but in our time, anthrax has been associated with terrorism... What accounts for this frightening transformation? ...Jones compellingly narrates the biography of this frightfully hardy disease from the ancient world through the present day.


Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder. David Healy

This provocative history of bipolar disorder illuminates how perceptions of illness, if not the illnesses themselves, are mutable over time. Beginning with ... Greek and Roman civilizations, renowned psychiatrist David Healy examines how concepts of mental afflictions evolved as scientific breakthroughs established connections between brain function and mental illness.


The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria. RM Packard.

From Russia to Bengal to Palm Beach, Randall Packard’s far-ranging narrative traces the natural and social forces that help malaria spread and make it deadly— war, land development, crumbling health systems, and globalization ... climate change and ... water―create conditions in which ... mosquitoes thrive.  Authoritative, fascinating, and eye-opening...


Dropsy, Dialysis, Transplant: A Short History of Failing Kidneys. SJ Peitzman.

Historian and nephrologist Steven J. Peitzman traces the medical history of kidney disease ... Drawing on diaries, letters, literary narratives, and scientific writings, Peitzman charts the triumphs of medical innovators like Richard Bright, Thomas Addis, and Belding Scribner as well as the stories of persons, famous and not, who have struggled with the disease.