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    Compassion in Nursing: Solution or Stereotype?Stephanie Tierney, Roberta Bivins & Kate Seers - forthcoming - Nursing Inquiry:e12271.
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    Sex Cells: Gender and the Language of Bacterial Genetics. [REVIEW]Roberta Bivins - 2000 - Journal of the History of Biology 33 (1):113 - 139.
    Between 1946 and 1960, a new phenomenon emerged in the field of bacteriology. "Bacterial sex," as it was called, revolutionized the study of genetics, largely by making available a whole new class of cheap, fast-growing, and easily manipulated organisms. But what was "bacterial sex?" How could single-celled organisms have "sex" or even be sexually differentiated? The technical language used in the scientific press -- the public and inalienable face of 20th century science -- to describe this apparently neuter organism was (...)
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    Ideology and Disease Identity: The Politics of Rickets, 1929–1982.Roberta Bivins - 2014 - Medical Humanities 40 (1):3-10.
    How can we assess the reciprocal impacts of politics and medicine in the contemporary period? Using the example of rickets in twentieth century Britain, I will explore the ways in which a preventable, curable non-infectious disease came to have enormous political significance, first as a symbol of socioeconomic inequality, then as evidence of racial and ethnic health disparities. Between the 1920s and 1980s, clinicians, researchers, health workers, members of Parliament and later Britain's growing South Asian ethnic communities repeatedly confronted the (...)
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    Expectations and Expertise: Early British Responses to Chinese Medicine.Roberta Bivins - 1999 - History of Science 37 (118):459-489.
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    Christopher Hamlin, Cholera: The Biography. Oxford University Press, 2009. Pp X+344. ISBN 978-0-19-954624-4. £12.99 .Mark Jackson, Asthma: The Biography. Oxford University Press, 2009. Pp Xi+249. ISBN 978-0-19-923795-1. £12.99 .Andrew Scull, Hysteria: The Biography. Oxford University Press, 2009. Pp Vii+223. ISBN 978-0-19-956096-7. £12.99 .Robert Tattersall, Diabetes: The Biography. Oxford University Press, 2009. Pp X+229. ISBN 978-0-19-954136-2. £12.99. [REVIEW]Roberta Bivins - 2010 - British Journal for the History of Science 43 (3):476-478.
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    Commentary: Serving the Nation, Serving the People: Echoes of War in the Early NHS.Roberta Bivins - 2020 - Medical Humanities 46 (2):154-156.
    It is something of a cliché to speak of Britain as having been transformed by the traumas of World War II and by its aftermath. From the advent of the ‘cradle to grave’ Welfare State to the end of empire, the effects of total war were enduring. Typically, they have been explored in relation to demographic, socioeconomic, technological and geopolitical trends and events. Yet as the articles in this volume observe across a variety of examples, World War II affected individuals, (...)
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    M ARK H ARRISON, Disease and the Modern World: 1500 to the Present Day. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2004. Pp. Vi+270. ISBN 0-7456-2810-9. £17.99, $26.95 . K ENNETH F. K IPLE , The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Pp. Xiii+412. ISBN 0-521-53026-1. £19.95, $27.00. [REVIEW]Roberta Bivins - 2006 - British Journal for the History of Science 39 (2):282-283.
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    The Missionary’s Egg.Roberta Bivins - 2006 - Metascience 15 (3):507-509.
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    W. F. Bynum, Anne Hardy, Stephen Jacyna, Christopher Lawrence and E. M. Tansey, The Western Medical Tradition 1800 to 2000. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Pp. Xiii+614. ISBN 0-5214-7565-5. £19.99, $29.99. [REVIEW]Roberta Bivins - 2008 - British Journal for the History of Science 41 (2).
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    Weighing on Us All? Quantification and Cultural Responses to Obesity in NHS Britain.Roberta Bivins - 2020 - History of Science 58 (2):216-242.
    How do cultures of self-quantification intersect with the modern state, particularly in relation to medical provision and health promotion? Here I explore the ways in which British practices and representations of body weight and weight management ignored or interacted with the National Health Service between 1948 and 2004. Through the lens of overweight, I examine health citizenship in the context of universal health provision funded from general taxation, and track attitudes toward “overweight” once its health implications and medical costs affected (...)
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