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Writing History in the Age of Biomedicine$
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Roger Cooter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300186635

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300186635.001.0001

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“Framing” the End of the Social History of Medicine

“Framing” the End of the Social History of Medicine

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Writing History in the Age of Biomedicine

Roger Cooter

Claudia Stein

Yale University Press

This chapter presents an analysis of an essay on the social history of medicine. It describes the development at the University of Manchester's Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine during the period from 1984 to 1988 and highlights the focus on history writing in the interpretation of the past. It argues that the prospect of the end of the social history of medicine does not involve a return to what was lost when the social got re-theorized and framed, but rather a return to a different kind of post-structural political understanding of the phenomenon that is medicine.

Keywords:   social history, medicine, University of Manchester, history writing, interpretation

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