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Author Aisenberg, Andrew Robert.

Title Contagion : disease, government, and the "social question" in nineteenth-century France / Andrew R. Aisenberg.

Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, [1999]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  306.4610944 AISE    AVAILABLE
Physical description vii, 238 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [213]-226) and index.
Contents 1. Contagious Poverty -- 2. The Politics of Insalubriousness -- 3. The Debate over Contagion, 1860-1902 -- 4. The Foyer of Disease -- 5. Hygienic Observation and the Remaking of Police Regulation.
Summary Drawing on the approaches of intellectual and social history and the work of Michel Foucault, the author investigates the intersection of scientific, political, and professional interests that informed perceptions and understandings of contagion in nineteenth-century France. By charting the development of the modern notion of contagion in France - from the highest echelons of scientific research in the Academy of Medicine to the activities of government authorities to the work of neighborhood hygiene commissions in Paris - the author reveals how the preoccupation with disease was mediated by an attempt to expand the possibilities of government intervention into urban and industrial life, especially life among the working poor.
Subject Communicable diseases -- Social aspects -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Communicable diseases -- Political aspects -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Communicable diseases -- France -- Social policy -- History -- 19th century.
Social medicine -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Medicine -- Political aspects -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Medical care -- Political aspects -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Health reformers -- France -- History -- 19th century.
France -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
ISBN 0804733953 (cloth : alk. paper)