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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520087729
ISBN-10: 0520087720
Format: Hardback
Pages: 305
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 13-Jan-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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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.