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Nicole Oresme and the Marvels of Nature: A Study of His De causis mirabilium with Critical Edition, Translation, and Commentary.
Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1985.

An eBook version is available, with sections free and the complete book for purchase, at

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Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America.

New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2009.

Winner of awards from the Popular Culture Association and the American Library Association.

Four-minute interview about how I got into research on images as a new source for insights into medical history.  Published on by the Science History Institute in Philadelphia in 2014.

Twenty-five minute radio conversation about the book with host Mark Lynch for his long-running program called Inquiry on public radio station WICN.  (c) 2009 Mark Lynch, used with permission.

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Table of Contents
Part 1. The Setting
1.  Medicine in the Public Eye, Then and Now
2.  Before There Were Medical Breakthroughs: Diseases and Doctors in the Pictorial Press, 1860-1890

Part 2. A New Regime of Medical Progress
3.  How Medicine Became Hot News, 1885
4.  Popular Enthusiasm for Laboratory Discoveries, 1885-1895
5.  Creating an Institutional Base for Medical Research,1890-1920

Part 3. Medical History for the Public, 1925-1950
6.  The Mass Media Make Medical History Popular
7.  “And now, a word from our sponsor”: Making Medical History Commercial
8.  Popular Medical History in Children
s Comic Books of the 1940s

Part 4. The Modern Imagery of Medical Progress
9.  Life Looks at Medicine: Magazine Photography and the American Public
10. The Meaning of an Era

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The author gratefully acknowledges that research for this book was supported in part by the PSC-CUNY Awards Program of the City University of New York and the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences of Baruch College.

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