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Political Dictionary of the History of Health


    • Patient associations

      As early as the years 1930-50, tuberculosis patient associations became significant political actors.

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    • Phage therapy

      Eclipsed by the rise of antibiotics after the Second World War, can bacteria-eating viruses discovered at the beginning of the 20th century be therapeutic tools while resistance to antibiotic therapy emerges?  

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    • Placenta

      The placenta and its singularities illustrate the advent of a new body policy.

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    • Political excitement

      The American psychiatric classification was once a tool at the service of white political power to the detriment of the emancipation of African-Americans.

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    • Psychedelic

      The term psychedelic was coined to refer to psychotic substances explored for use in psychiatry, but which remain under strict control

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    • Psychosis of current events

      During the «Great Depression» of the 1930s, psychiatric professionals diagnosed a new disease: the «psychosis of current events».

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    • Puerperal insanity

      The topicality of cases of infanticide invites us to question the historical origin of the madness of motherhood.

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