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Making of a Social Disease Tuberculosis in Nineteenth-Century France

ISBN-10: 0520087720
ISBN-13: 9780520087729
Edition: 1995
Authors: David S. Barnes
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Description: In 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $73.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/13/1995
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

In 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.

Acknowledgments
Chronology: Tuberculosis in France, 1819-1919
Introduction
Social Anxiety, Social Disease, and the Question of Contagion
Redemptive Suffering and the Patron Saint of Tuberculosis
"Guerre au bacille!" Germ Theory and Fear of Contagion in the War on Tuberculosis
Interiors: Housing and the Casier sanitaire in the War on Tuberculosis
Morality and Mortality: Alcoholism, Syphilis, and the "Rural Exodus" in the War on Tuberculosis
Le Havre, Tuberculosis Capital of the Nineteenth Century
Dissenting Voices: Left-Wing Perspectives on Tuberculosis in the Belle Epoque
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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