A social historian of medicine, Professor Shorter has published widely in the field of psychiatry and psychopharmacology. His recent publications include Written in the Flesh: A History of Desire (2005) nominated for the prestigious literary prize The Governor-General’s Award for Non-Fiction; A Historical Dictionary of Psychiatry (2005); Shock Therapy: A History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness (co-author David Healy, 2007); Before Prozac: The Troubled History of Mood Disorders.
In 1995 Professor Shorter won the Jason A. Hannah Medal of the Royal Society of Canada for From Paralysis to Fatigue: A History of Psychosomatic Illness in the Modern Era (1992), and in 2000 he was again honored with the Hannah Medal for A History of Psychiatry from the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac (1997). He earned his Ph.D at Harvard and he has been the Hannah Professor in the History of Medicine at University of Toronto since 1991.
Rock’n’roll mirrors society’s changing attitudes about sex. The women who fainted at Little Richard and Elvis Presley concerts, Sid and Nancy’s troubled punk-rock relationship, and the Riot Grrrl movement transformed sexual mores. Renowned historian Edward Shorter explores the connection between sex and the music that defined 20th Century culture in this funny and incisive short account.
This short book by award-winning historian Edward Shorter explores the popular appeal of erotica and the allure of sadomasochism. Shorter, author of 'Written in the Flesh: A History of Desire chronicles the history of SM, a practice which is a recent addition to the tool kit of sexual pleasure and refutes the notion that it is about pain.