Essays range from historical overviews and historiographic surveys of children's health in various regions of the world, to disability and affliction narratives - from polio in North American to AIDS orphans in post-Apartheid South Africa - to interpretations of artistic renderings of sick children that tell us much about medicine, family, and society at specific times in history.
Taking care to position children at the centre of the analysis, Healing the World's Children provides a unique international and interdisciplinary perspective on a critical twentieth-century project - saving children - that remains a challenge in our own time.
Contributors include Anne-Emanuelle Birn (University of Toronto), Laurie Block (Straight Ahead Pictures & Disability Museum), Myra Bluebond-Langner and Megan Norquest Schwallie (Rutgers), Jeffrey P. Brosco (University of Miami School of Medicine), Didier Fassin (University of Paris North & École des hautes études en sciences sociales), Mona Gleason (UBC), Vincent Lavoie (UQAM), Loren Lerner (Concordia), Richard Meckel (Brown), Catherine Rollet (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), and Neil Sutherland (emeritus, UBC).
About the Editors:
Cynthia R. Comacchio, professor of history, Wilfrid Laurier University, is the author of 'Nations Are Built of Babies': Saving Ontario’s Mothers and Children, 1900-40, The Infinite Bonds of Family: Domesticity in Canada, 1850-1940, and The Dominion of Youth: Adolescence and the Making of Modern Canada, 1920-50.
Janet Golden is professor of history, Rutgers University, and the author of several books including Message in a Bottle: The Making of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
George Weisz is Cotton-Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine, McGill University and the author of several books, including Divide and Conquer: A Comparative History of Medical Specialization.