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249 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In Genius Belabored: Childbed Fever and the Tragic Life of Ignaz Semmelweis, Theodore G. Obenchain traces the life story of a nineteenth-century Hungarian obstetrician who was shunned and marginalized by the medical establishment for advancing a far-sighted but unorthodox solution to the appalling mortality rates that plagued new mothers of the day. In engrossing detail, Obenchain recreates for readers the sights, smells, and activities within a hospital of that day. In an era before the acceptance of modern germ science, physicians saw little need for cleanliness or hygiene. As a consequence, antiseptic measures were lax and rudimentary. Especially vulnerable to contamination were new mothers, who frequently contracted and died from childbed fever (puerperal fever). Genius Belabored follows Semmelweis's awakening to the insight that many of these deaths could be avoided with basic antiseptic measures like hand washing. The medical establishment, intellectually unprepared for Semmelweis's prescient hypothesis, rejected it for a number of reasons. It was unorthodox and went against the lingering Christian tradition that the dangers of childbirth were inherent to the lives of women. Complicating matters, colleagues did not consider Semmelweis an easy physician to work with. His peers described him as strange and eccentric. Obenchain offers an empathetic and insightful argument that Semmelweis suffered from bipolar disorder and illuminates how his colleagues, however dedicated to empirical science they might have been, misjudged Semmelweis's methods based upon ignorance and their emotional discomfort with him. In Genius Belabored, Obenchain identifies Semmelweis's rightful place in the pantheon of scientists and physicians whose discoveries have saved the lives of millions. Obenchain's biography of Semmelweis offers unique insights into the practice of medicine and the mindsets of physicians working in the premodern era. This fascinating study offers much of interest to general readers as well as those interested in germ theory, the history of medicine and obstetrics, or anyone wishing to better understand the trajectory of modern medicine.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780817319298 20170220
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439 pages ; 21 cm.
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533 pages, 3 unnumbered pages ; 21 cm.
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198 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
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ix, 249 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Preface Abbreviations Chapter 1: The Making of Jozsef Pogany Chapter 2: The Revolutionary, 1918-1919 Chapter 3: The Communist Chapter 4: Vienna, Moscow, and Berlin Chapter 5: The "Hungarian Christopher Columbus" Chapter 6: "Pepperism" in America Chapter 7: The Comintern Cadre Chapter 8: Pepper and the "American Question, ", 1924-1928 Chapter 9: Return to the New World Chapter 10: End of the Odyssey Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9786155225086 20160609
A group of Central European communists, most of them Hungarians, in the interwar period served the world communist movement as international cadres of the Comintern, the Moscow-based Communist International. As an important member of this cohort, Jozsef Pogany played a major role in the Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919, the "March Action" in Germany in 1921, and, under the name of John Pepper, in the development of the American Communist Party of the 1920s. During the 1920s he was an important official in the Comintern apparatus and undertook missions on three continents. A prolific writer and effective organizer, he was one of the most flamboyant and controversial communists of his era. Some of his comrades praised him as "the Hungarian Christopher Columbus." Others, like Trotsky, called him a "political parasite." This study is based on newly available primary sources from Hungary, Russia, and the United States; it is the first ever written about this colorful and well-travelled Hungarian communist. Examines Pogany's development as a socialist and communist, the influence of his Jewish origins on his career, the reasons for his remarkable success in the United States, and the circumstances that led to his arrest and execution in the Stalinist terror.
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379 pages : illustrations (some color), genealogical tables ; 25 cm
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xii, 171 p., [15] p. of plates : ill ; 24 cm.
  • Preface I. Introduction II. Poverty Policy II.1. Traditions and Ways of Private and Public Poor Relief in the Context of Limited Civic Self-development (1848 to the beginning of the 1860's) II.2. The Legal Foundations of Poverty Policy in Flux (1860's to 1914) II.3. The Development and Practice of Poverty Policy (1860's to 1914) II.3.1. The Two Sides of Poverty Policy: General Trends II.3.2. The Practice of Poor Relief as Provision II.3.3. The Practice of Poverty Policy as the Suppression of Poverty III. Social Reform and State Intervention (1898 to 1914) III.1. Child Protection III.2. Housing Policy III.3. Unemployment and Labor Market Policy IV. State Social Policy IV.1. Labor Protection (1848 to 1914) IV.1.1. Protection in Industry and Trade as differentiated according to the character of the work IV.1.2. Protection for Children, Juveniles and Women as groups defined according to their personal characteristics IV.1.3. Labor Protection for Non-Industrial Workers IV.2. Social Insurance and Workplace-related Social Policy (1880s to 1914) IV.2.1. Sectors and Types of Health and Accident Insurance: Origins, Development and Interests IV.2.2. Institution and Policy IV.2.3. Coverage, Boundaries, Dissociations and Relations: Social Insurance and the Formation and Differentiation of Working and Living Conditions Coverage: Overview and Comparison of Long-term Trends Compulsory Insurance of Workers and Differentiation of Commercial Labour Relations Compulsory Insurance of Male and Female Workers Compulsory Insurance of Workers in Agriculture Social Insurance and Welfare V. Conclusion Bibliography Tables Illustrations.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9786155053191 20160608
Brings together the analysis of older, mostly local welfare policies (including their legal framings and their change over time) with the history of social policy developed by the state and operated at a national level. Explores also the interaction of various layers of and actors in welfare policy, i.e. of poor relief, social reform policies and the unfolding welfare state over time, including often neglected elements of these policies such as for instance protective policies at the work place, housing policy, child protection, and prostitution policies. Making innovative use of legal, quantitative, and other material, the author describes how policies of inclusion into and exclusion from access to social insurance coverage shaped social relations within and beyond the world of work. The study demonstrates how definitions of what constituted need have served historically to produce divergent visions and treatment of male and female poverty, and how these historical biases have continued to shape and biased the conceptual apparatus of research into the history of welfare and social policies.
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224 p. : ill ; 24 cm.
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368 pages ; 21 cm.
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735 p. ; 21 cm.
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158 p. : col. ill. col. map ; 21 cm.
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100 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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408 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
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276 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • List of photos-- Introduction and Acknowledgement-- My Family in Budapest in the 1930s-- The End of Childhood-- Dachau-and the Sudosteuropa-Gesellschaft's Conference in Munich-- The Gebirgsjagerschule in Mittenwald-- Where is my Home?-- The 1956 Revolution in My Life-- My Universities-- A Widening World, Learning by Traveling-- In the International Community of Historians: Friends All Over the World-- Experiencing and Writing History: a Special Friend, Books and Debates-- Teaching in Two Different University Systems-- My Globalized Family-- In the Establishment-- In the Storm of the Regime Change-- Leaving Hungary for Los Angeles-- America-- References.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789639776487 20160527
This memoir offers an interesting case study, a subjective addition to the objective-historical works on Central and Eastern European state socialism. It describes the hard choices of intellectuals in a totalitarian state: remain in isolation, concentrate on scholarly works, and exclude politics in your personal life; be in opposition, criticize and unveil the regime, accept discrimination and exclusion; and, remain within the establishment and work for reforming the country using legal possibilities to criticize the regime and to achieve changes from within. Berend's memoir raises basic historical questions and debates, compares East European and American higher education systems, and presents an eyewitness' insights on life in the United States.
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xii, 240 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
In the sixteenth century a new type of practitioner emerges in Europe: the aristocrat who not only supports creative activities, but is personally involved in the projects he finances. The courts of noblemen and other wealthy individuals are transformed into new sites of knowledge production where medicinal waters are distilled, exotic plants cultivated, and alchemical experiments pursued. This new fascination with nature, and the wish to explore and exploit its explicit and hidden mechanisms, was an intellectual trend that spread all over Europe, reaching even the easternmost parts of the Habsburg Monarchy. The Hungarian Count Boldizsar Batthyany (c.1542-1590), a powerful aristocrat and formidable warrior, was also a passionate devotee of natural philosophy. His Western Hungarian court was the focal point of an intellectual network which comprised scholars - such as the renowned botanist Carolus Clusius - physicians, book dealers, and fellow aristocrats from Central Europe and used his connections to exchange objects and information. Batthyany's biography, his extensive correspondence and up-to-date book collection on natural philosophy - especially alchemy, Paracelsian medicine, and botany - reveals that wealth, mobility and intellectual curiosity allowed him to share the enthusiasms of his Western European counterparts, and make the Muses speak even among arms.
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xx, 193 p. : ill., map ; 26 cm.
Marking the fiftieth anniversary of events in 1956, that were a major turning point in the history of communist-ruled Eastern Europe, this book contains a selection of some of the research on those momentous events and their memory and legacy.
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127 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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18. Semmelweis [2008]

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109, [3] p. ; 17 cm.
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xi, 233 p. ; 23 cm.
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209 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
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