This collection of eight essays examines the health, disease, and medical care of the American West—an area flanked by the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada, and Cascade Mountains. Topics include Mormons and the Thomsonian Movement in the nineteenth century, the silicosis epidemic in hardrock mining, Native American health, frontier nursing, and Chinese medicine.
Martha HIldreth is a professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside.
Bruce Moran joined the faculty of the University of Nevada in 1976. His primary areas of study are the history of science and early medicine as well as European cultural and intellectual history. Professor Moran is the author of numerous books, over forty journal articles and over fifty book reviews. He has been a stipendiate of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Murhardsche Bibliothek, Kassel (Germany), a Guest Professor of the Institute of the History of Pharmacy, Marburg University, a visiting scholar of the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge, and is a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. From September 2005 to July 2006 he will be Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Anatomy, University College London, and affiliate at the Welcome Trust Centre for one History of Medicine. He has also been named a University Foundation Professor at the University of Nevada, and has received research grants from the Humboldt Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Science Foundation.
"This work represents a twofold contribution to the literature of the American West: It explores the medical challenges and health conditions of the inter-mountain region between the Rocky Mountains and Pacific ranges while simultaneously examining the creation of region itself.” —Conevery Bolton, Journal of the West, Spring 2000
“Each chapter is carefully crafted by delineating the history of a disease or medically related idea, providing extensive footnotes that will be useful to the scholar, and analyzing the uniqueness of each group’s—miners, Chinese, Mormons, Native Americans, rural Nevadans, or frontier nurses—reaction to a regional environment.” —Martha L. Hildreth, Nevada Humanities Bulletin, 1998
“This volume emphasizes a sense of place, environment, work patterns, and cultural factors in the Mountain West’s particular medical history instead of examining the diseases themselves and their treatment. . . . This is an informative and well crafted volume.” —Mark Shelstad, Annals of Wyoming: The Wyoming History Journal, Winter 1999