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The History of College and University Health Services
Heather Prescott, Central Connecticut State University

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Student Bodies The Influence of Student Health Services in American Society and Medicine (Book)
Title: Student Bodies The Influence of Student Health Services in American Society and Medicine
Author: Heather Munro Prescott
Abstract: Student Bodies is the first book to link developments in college health with larger trends in American cultural and medical history. This comprehensive and engrossing study describes the origins and development of health services at institutions of higher education in the United States from the early 1800s—when administrators sought to restrict habits "unfavorable to study and morality" such as drunkenness, gambling, and solicitation of prostitutes—to the present day as health professionals are called on to combat issues ranging from sexually transmitted diseases to depression to eating disorders. Drawing on a variety of primary sources, Professor Heather Munro Prescott examines the relationship between administrative regulation of "student bodies" and broader social-cultural views about young adults and their status in nineteenth- and twenty-first-century America. Student Bodies explores many little-known but significant aspects of college health—including the importance of women's colleges in the development of student care, the use of physical entrance examinations to deny admission to those with "undesirable" bodies, the sometimes controversial handling of health concerns specific to minority and LGBT students, and the rise and fall of in loco parentis. Prescott's engaging and accessible style makes this guide a perfect choice for medical scholars and college administrators as well as anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of medical history, women's health, and the history of college life in America.
Year: 2007
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Primary URL Description: Rutgers University Press website
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978-0-472-1160