The Making of a Social Disease
Tuberculosis in Nineteenth-Century France
By (author) David S. Barnes
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Making of a Social Disease by David S. Barnes
Book DescriptionIn this first English-language study of popular and scientific responses to tuberculosis in nineteenth-century France, David Barnes provides a much-needed historical perspective on a disease that is making an alarming comeback in the United States and Europe. Barnes argues that French perceptions of the disease--ranging from the early romantic image of a consumptive woman to the later view of a scourge spread by the poor--owed more to the power structures of nineteenth-century society than to medical science. By 1900, the war against tuberculosis had become a war against the dirty habits of the working class. Lucid and original, Barnes's study broadens our understanding of how and why societies assign moral meanings to deadly diseases.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520087729
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 13-Jan-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David S. Barnes
Great Stink of Paris and the Nineteenth-century Struggle Against Filth and Germs, Hardback (July 2006)» View all books by David S. Barnes
This fascinating study sheds new light on the scientific and social factors that continue to influence the public's lingering uncertainty over how disease can-and cannot-be spread.
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Author Biography - David S. Barnes
David S. Barnes is Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University.
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