Breathing Space How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes

ISBN-10: 030014315X
ISBN-13: 9780300143157
Edition: 2008
Authors: Gregg Mitman
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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 8/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Allergy is the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. More than fifty million Americans suffer from allergies, and they spend an estimated $18 billion coping with them. Yet despite advances in biomedicine and enormous investment in research over the past fifty years, the burden of allergic disease continues to grow. Why have we failed to reverse this trend? Breathing Spaceoffers an intimate portrait of how allergic disease has shaped American culture, landscape, and life. Drawing on environmental, medical, and cultural history and the life stories of people, plants, and insects, Mitman traces how America7;s changing environment from the late 1800s to the present day has led to the epidemic growth of allergic disease. We have seen a never-ending stream of solutions to combat allergies, from hay fever resorts, herbicides, and air-conditioned homes to numerous potions and pills. But, as Mitman shows, despite the quest for a magic bullet, none of the attempted solutions has succeeded. Until we address how our changing environment-physical, biological, social, and economic-has helped to create America7;s allergic landscape, that hoped-for success will continue to elude us.

Lorraine Daston is director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and honorary professor at the Humboldt-Universit�t, Berlin.Gregg Mitman is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and professor of medical history and science and technology studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Preface
Introduction
Hay Fever Holiday
When Pollen Became Poison
The Last Resorts
Choking Cities
On the Home Front
An Inhaler in Every Pocket
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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