The Baltic Sea region in northern Europe, with its history of multiple cultural and social transformations, as well as mixture of national and regional scientific styles, has lately attracted much attention from scholars of various disciplines. This book explores the history of medicine in the Baltic Sea region and provides different answers to one central question: How has the circulation of knowledge in the Baltic Sea region influenced medicine as a discipline, and illness as an experience, during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? The anthology consists of ten chapters that shed new light on how medical ideas and devices were developed in different contexts. Illuminating currents of traditions, contact zones, and areas of conflict, essays in this collection discuss technological, social, and economic aspects relevant for the exchange of medical knowledge across the Baltic Sea. The contributing authors are historians, physicians, geographers, ethnologists, and scholars of literature. CONTRIBUTORS: Katharina Beier, Motzi Ekloef, Frank Gruner, Martin Gunnarson, Nils Hansson, Axel C. Huntelmann, Ken Kalling, Michaela Malmberg, Joanna Nieznanowska, Anders Ottosson, Maike Rotzoll, Erki Tammiksaar, Jonatan Wistrand NILS HANSSON is Associate Professor in the Department of the History, Theory, and Ethics of Medicine at the University of Dusseldorf in Germany. JONATAN WISTRAND teaches in the Department of Medical History, Lund University, Sweden.
Explorations in Baltic Medical History, 1850-2015. brings together a wide range of diverse topics: one article exemplifies the migration of medical knowledge by describing the development of gymnastics, whereas another sheds light on the role of intercultural exchange between Eastern and Western concepts of melancholy. This volume unifies these findings and sheds light on new information that will be invaluable to readers from the field of medical history. --Philipp Osten, Institute for the History and Ethics of Medicine at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg