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The historian’s dilemmas in a time of health-care reform
Beatrix Hoffman

writing for a broader readership. However, it is still hard to break into traditional media, so many scholars are now looking to electronic formats and social media to extend the audiences for their work. The website History News Network publishes brief pieces by historians offering historical perspectives on current events, including over a dozen posts on the ACA. The Philadelphia Inquirer has a blog entitled ‘The Public's Health’ that is

in Communicating the history of medicine
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Publics and their health – historical problems and perspectives
Alex Mold
,
Peder Clark
, and
Hannah J. Elizabeth

.), Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere in Britain , pp. 1–24; Axel Bruns and Tim Highfield, ‘Is Habermas on Twitter? Social Media and the Public Sphere’, in Axel Bruns, Gunn Enli, Eli Skogerbo, Anders Olof Larsson and Christian Christensen (eds), The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016), pp. 56

in Publics and their health
Ludmilla Jordanova

already sensitized, through social media, for example, to many of the key issues. Since universities are sensitive to student demand, it is reasonable to assume that such options will continue to proliferate, and it is already evident that the medical humanities have been expanding at a considerable rate over the last 10 to 15 years. One way of interpreting this growth is that non-medical groups want to be a recognized part of medical communities

in Communicating the history of medicine
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Audiences and stakeholders in the history of medicine
Solveig Jülich
and
Sven Widmalm

history of medicine and its audiences is not only theoretical. It is, as Sappol and Koch both point out, a matter of practical concern for any academic who is interested in outreach, which is increasingly the case. Beatrix Hoffman's chapter focuses especially on this issue; she argues that it is important to think creatively about strategies that scholars can use (e.g., blogs and social media) in order to help correct myths and misinformation

in Communicating the history of medicine
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Jill Kirby

achieved by comparison with others so that income relative to others is more rewarding than absolute levels of income, as is rising social rank. Thus, people become trapped in ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ in order to feel good and, as Richard Layard has pointed out, television raises the standards of that comparison because the more television people watch the more they overestimate the affluence of other people. We might apply the same reasoning to the burgeoning use of the internet at the end of the century, and to social media subsequently. 90 Advertising and

in Feeling the strain
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Searching for the patient
Anne Hanley
and
Jessica Meyer

befall them during lockdown. Those who are infected with COVID-19, believe themselves to be infected, or are caring for loved ones who are infected, have taken to social media and the national press to document their experiences of illness in self-isolation. Rarely has the role of self-diagnosis and self-treatment so preoccupied our national discourse. It remains to be seen whether this vast digital collection of ‘illness diaries’ prompts historians to re-evaluate how they write histories of health and healthcare. But for now, the spotlight

in Patient voices in Britain, 1840–1948
British soldiers as complementary practitioners in the First World War
Georgia McWhinney

craft a unique set of practices to cope with the traumas of trench life. They practiced vernacular medicine. What vernacular medicine lends to the patient voice is not only power outside of the biomedical system, but also a new way to conceive of the patient and what constitutes a healthcare system. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many individuals isolated and at the mercy of a plethora of conflicting information, vernacular medicine abounds. Informal medical networks (often found on social-media platforms

in Patient voices in Britain, 1840–1948
The co-creation of aural technology and disability
Coreen McGuire

in telecommunication technology revolutionised the ways in which 72 72 Rethinking modern prostheses the Deaf communicated; the rise of text messaging and social media in particular empowered Deaf technology users and allowed them to use a form of technology that had previously relied on audibility.7 The cultural distinction between hearing loss and Deafness has recently been further challenged by the ambiguities around cochlear implants and the contested identity of their users. In this chapter I show how, in the inter-​war years, amplified telephone technology

in Rethinking modern prostheses in Anglo-American commodity cultures, 1820–1939
Coreen McGuire
,
Jaipreet Virdi
, and
Jenny Hutton

the long history of disabled innovation (without which we would lack most of the communication technology we currently rely on so heavily) might also help. Indeed, there is a lot we could learn from disabled people should we chose to listen. However, highlighting the triumphs and innovations of disabled people should not be necessary. Disabled life does not have to be useful to ‘count’. As Ryan explains: In recent days, I have seen disabled people take to social media to list their achievements, as

in Patient voices in Britain, 1840–1948