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Author Valenčius, Conevery Bolton, 1969-

Title The health of the country : how American settlers understood themselves and their land / by Conevery Bolton Valenčius.

Published New York : Basic Books, ©2002.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  614.420767 VALE    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description viii, 388 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-372) and index.
Contents "Healthy country". "Is it thriving & healthy?" -- Sources -- Making American territory -- "New country". "Wild" land and "new" -- Acclimation --Literature of settlement -- "Movers" and "improvers" -- Early Arkansas and Missouri -- Native peoples -- Emigration stories, Black andwhite -- Body. Medicine and the demands of health -- Force and flow -- Blood -- Intake and outgo -- "Risings" and release -- Derangement and proper management -- Change -- Chills and fevers -- Places. "Place " -- Telling the "Health of the country" -- Indoors and out -- Climate and constitution --Movement -- Airs. Reading the air -- Miasma -- Smell -- Counteraction -- Disgust -- Expertise and common knowledge -- Change and the perils of human action -- Blurred boundaries -- Waters. Conduit -- Blessing -- Threat -- Flood -- Swamp -- Sloughs of the spirit -- Wondrous waters : healing springs -- Local knowledge : medical geography and the intellectual hinterland. "On the medical topography of Saint Charles County, Mo." -- Science of the local -- Politics of local knowledge -- Professional anxieties of the periphery -- Regional boosterism and southern medicine -- Uses of history -- Models for hinterland practice -- Cultivation. Agriculture as material and moral imperative -- Farm work.
Cultivation and sense of self -- Fertility and generation -- Changes wrought by cultivation -- Crisis -- Racial anxiety. Peoples and places -- Environmental belonging -- Vulnerability of the racial self -- Blurred boundaries -- Proper place : free Black identity -- Mixedness and the problem of color -- Failure of order.
Summary Describes western expansion life and how settlers used a combination of science, intuition, popular wisdom, and observation to evaluate their surroundings and the effect on their health.
Subject Medical geography -- Arkansas -- History -- 19th century.
Medical geography -- Missouri -- History -- 19th century.
Environmental health -- Arkansas -- History -- 19th century.
Environmental health -- Missouri -- History -- 19th century.
Health attitudes -- Arkansas -- History -- 19th century.
Health attitudes -- Missouri -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 0465089879 (pbk.)
9780465089871 (pbk.)