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Roy Porter

Full Name: Roy Porter
Gender: Male
Hometown: London
Born: 1946-12-31
Died: 2002-03-03
Number of Works: 123
Roy's books cover several fields: the history of geology, London, 18th-Century British ideas and society, medicine, madness, quackery, patients and practitioners, literature and art, on which subjects (and others) he published over 200 books are articles.

List of works can be found @ wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Porter )

ISBN: 0393319806, 9780393319804
Keywords: history, humanity, medical, mankind, benefit, greatest
Pages: 831
Published: 1997
  • Rating: 80%

"To combine enormous knowledge with a delightful style and a highly idiosyncratic point of view is Roy Porter's special gift, and it makes [this] book . . . alive and fascinating and provocative on every page."—Oliver Sacks, M.D. Porter's charting of the history of medicine affords readers the opportunity as never before to assess its culture and science and its costs and benefits to humankind. "A splendid and thoroughly engrossing book."--"L.A. Times." of illustrations.
ISBN: 0192802674, 9780192802675
Keywords: history, brief, madness
Pages: 256
Published: 2002
  • Rating: 60%

Looking back on his confinement to Bethlem, Restoration playwright Nathaniel Lee declared: "They called me mad, and I called them mad, and damn them, they outvoted me." As Roy Porter shows in Madness: A Brief History, thinking about who qualifies as insane, what causes mental illness, and how such illness should be treated has varied wildly throughout recorded history, sometimes veering dangerously close to the arbitrariness Lee describes and often encompassing cures considerably worse than the illness itself. Drawing upon eyewitness accounts of doctors, writers, artists, and
ISBN: 0674538390, 9780674538399
Keywords: history, social, london
Pages: 448
Published: 1994
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 014025028X, 9780140250282
Keywords: world, modern, creation, britain, enlightenment
Pages: 752
Published: 1990
  • Rating: 80%

Roy Porter is Professor in the Social History of Medicine at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine in London and among his previous publications is the first-rate The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity From Antiquity to the Present. Porter's general concern in his latest book Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World is with "the interplay of activists, ideas and society" and to this end he examines innovations in social, political, scientific, psychological, and theological discourse. The key figures (the "enlightened th
ISBN: 0393322688, 9780393322682
Keywords: british, enlightenment, story, untold, modern, world, creation
Pages: 768
Published: 2000
  • Rating: 60%

From the author of The Greatest Benefit to Mankind (winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award) comes a "sumptuous and spicy volume" (Washington Post Book World) that highlights Britain's long-underestimated and pivotal role in disseminating the ideas and culture of the Enlightenment. In response to numerous histories centered on France and Germany, Roy Porter explains how the monumental transformation of thinking in Britain influenced worldwide developments. This "splendidly imaginative" work "propels the debate forward...and makes a valuable point" (New York Tim