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Science and medicine have been critical to southern history and the formation of southern culture. For three centuries, scientists in the South have documented the lush natural world around them and set a lasting tradition of inquiry. The medical history of the region, however, has been at times tragic. Disease, death, and generations of poor health have been the legacy of slavery, the plantation economy, rural life, and poorly planned cities. The essays in this volume explore this legacy as well as recent developments in technology, research, and medicine in the South. Subjects include natural history, slave health, medicine in the Civil War, public health, eugenics, HIV/AIDS, environmental health, and the rise of research institutions and hospitals, to name but a few. With 38 thematic essays, 44 topical entries, and a comprehensive overview essay, this volume offers an authoritative reference to science and medicine in the American South.
James G. Thomas Jr. is associate director for publications at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. He is also managing editor of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Charles Reagan Wilson is Kelly Gene Cook Sr. Chair in History and professor of southern studies at the University of Mississippi. He is coeditor, with William Ferris, of the original Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.
Table of Contents
Science and Medicine
Alcohol and Alcoholism
American Indian Health and Medicine
Civil War Medicine
Climate and Weather
Gender and Health
Health, African American
Maternal and Child Health, Urban
Medical Care, Public Health, and Race
Medical Science, Racial Ideology, and Practice, to Reconstruction
Medicine, States' Rights
Physicians, African American
Poverty, Effects of
Professionalization of Science
Science and Religion (Evolution vs. Creationism)
Slavery and Medicine
Slaves in Medical Education and Medical Experiments
Urban Health Conditions
Barnard, Frederick A. P.
Breckinridge, Mary. See Frontier Nursing Service Cancer Alley (Louisiana)
Carver, George Washington
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Frontier Nursing Service
Geophagia and Pica
Guyton, Arthur C.
Hardy, James D.
Herty, Charles Holmes
Influenza Epidemic of 1918
LeConte, John and Joseph
Lewis, Henry Clay
Long, Crawford W.
Maury, Matthew Fontaine
Medical Committee for Human Rights
Medicine Shows and Patent Medicines
Meharry Medical College
Moore, Samuel Preston
Poteat, William Louis
Research Triangle Park
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Savannah River Site
Sickle Cell Anemia
Sims, J. Marion
Tuskegee Syphilis Study (United States Public Health Service Syphilis Study)
Whitfield (Mississippi State Hospital)
Index of Contributors
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