Description - The Making of a Social Disease by David S. Barnes
In this study of popular and scientific responses to tuberculosis in 19th-century France, the author provides a 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 19th century society than to medical science. By 1900, the war against tuberculosis had become a war against the dirty habits of the working class. Barnes's study aims to broaden understanding of how and why societies assign moral meanings to deadly diseases.
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University of California Press
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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.