Levi Lincoln’s Wayward Son – Daniel Waldo Lincoln
Bad Money and the Chemical Arts in Colonial America
Was Edgar Allan Poe a Habitual Opium User?
In Her Own Voice: Poems of Anandibai Joshee
“Morbid curiosity”: The Decline and Fall of the Popular Anatomical Museum
Our Antinomians, Ourselves: Or, Anne Hutchinson’s Monstrous Birth & The Pathologies of Obstetrics
Mapping a Demon Malady: Cholera Maps and Affect in 1832
Sailors’ Health and National Wealth
Cancer and Captivity: Reflections on Affliction in Puritan and Modern Times
Public Health and Public Good
The Politics of Martial Manhood
Curiosity and Cure: Peter Parker’s patients, Lam Qua’s portraits
Song of My Self-Help: Whitman’s Rehabilitative Reading
Document by Document
Looking for Limbs in all the Right Places: Retrieving the Civil War’s Broken Bodies
Mark Twain… and Zombies!
Dispatches to Henry Raymond’s New York Times: Whitman on Trauma in Civil War Washington
Whitman’s Good Life
Whitman’s Wandering Mind
Whitman and Disability: An Introduction
“Now I Chant Old Age”: Whitman’s Geriatric Vistas
Convalescent Calamus: Paralysis and Epistolary Mobility in the Camden Correspondence with Peter Doyle
The Advice Jefferson Never Received: Health Counsel Delivered to Jefferson From His Italian Friend Filippo Mazzei, Two Hundred Years Too Late
A Divisive Miracle
The Springfield Somnambulist: Or, the End of the Enlightenment in America
Curiosity Did/Did Not Kill the Cat: The Controversy Continues
Enslaved Bodies, Enslaved Selves
Perfect or Perverted?
Editor’s Note: Issue 17.2
The Asylum as a Literary Institution
The Imperial Virus
Excerpts From “Kingdom”
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