Sunday, June 7, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: Current Journal Articles on Disability History

Introduction: About once a month (supply allowing), we post a listing of recently published historical articles about disability (somewhat broadly defined). These articles are usually found on the "current periodicals" shelves at a university library, from the most recent two calendar years (right now, 2008-2009). Some of them are culled from online Table of Contents sites maintained by journal publishers. We also include book chapters in new collections, cites for new books, and cites for review articles, new books, and new dissertations. Contributions are always welcomed offlist and are compiled into subsequent postings by the editor.

The usual caveats:

1) your definitions of history and disability may exclude some of these articles, and include others;

2) listing here does not necessarily constitute a recommendation of the articles involved; and

3) only English-language tables of contents or abstracts are usually culled (but works in other languages are welcome from contributors).


Kirby, Stephanie, and Wendy Madsen. "Institutionalised Isolation: Tuberculosis Nursing at Westwood Sanatorium, Queensland, Australia, 1919-55," _Nursing Inquiry_ 16(2)(2009): 122-132.

Mollerhoj, Jette. "Encountering Hysteria: Doctors' and Patients' Perspectives on Hysteria in Denmark, 1875-1918," _History of Psychiatry_ 20(2009): 163-183.

Vanobbergen, Bruno. "Changing perspectives on the child at risk at the end of the nineteenth century: The Belgian Maritime Hospital Roger de Grimberghe (1884-1914) as a space of inclusion and exclusion," _Disability and Society_ 24(4)(2009): 425-436.


Ronnie Johnston reviewed Jamie L. Bronstein, _Caught in the Machinery: Workplace Accidents and Injured Workers in Nineteenth- Century Britain_ (Stanford UP 2008), in _English Historical Review_ 124(508)(2009): 735-736.

Kacie Glenn reviewed Susan M. Schweik, _The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public_ (NYU Press 2009) in _The Chronicle of Higher Education_ 55(36) (May 15, 2009):

online here:

Gerald N. Grob reviewed Joseph Melling and Bill Forsythe, _The Politics of Madness: The State, Insanity, and Society in England, 1845-1914_ (Routledge 2006), in _Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences_ 64(3)(2009): 379-381.

Liah Greenfeld reviewed Pamela Dale and Joseph Melling, eds., _Mental Illness and Learning Disability Since 1850: Finding a Place for Mental Disorder in the United Kingdom_ (Routledge 2006), in _Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences_ 64(3)(2009): 396-398.

Susan J. Wurtzburg reviewed Susan Burch and Hannah Joyner, _Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson_ (University of North Carolina Press 2007), in _Oral History Review_ 36(1)(2009): 153-156.

Hugh Freeman reviewed Edward Shorter and David Healy, _Shock Therapy: A History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness_ (Rutgers UP 2007), in _History of Psychiatry_ 20(2009): 249.


Gabriela Brimmer, _Gaby Brimmer: An Autobiography in Three Voices_ (UPNE/Brandeis University Press 2009).

John C. Burnham, _Accident Prone: A History of Technology, Psychology, and Misfits of the Machine Age_ (University of Chicago Press 2009).

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, _Staring: How We Look_ (Oxford UP 2009).


Richardson, Kristina L. (PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2008): "Blighted Bodies and Physical Difference in Cairo, Damascus and Mecca, 1400-1550"

Hanganu-Bresch, Cristina (PhD, University of Minnesota 2008): "Faces of Depression: A Study of Antidepressant Advertisements in the American and British Journals of Psychiatry, 1960-2004"

Fratz, Deborah Mae (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2008): "Disabled Subjects: Disability, Gender, and Ethical Agency in Victorian Realism"

Contributions received this month from: Susan Schweik, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Kristina RIchardson, John Erlen

compiled by

Penny L. Richards PhD

Research Scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Co-editor, H-Education and H-Disability