Disease and Civilization

Disease and Civilization

The Cholera in Paris, 1832

By François Delaporte

Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

Foreword by Paul Rabinow

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Summary

Disease and Civilization explores the scientific and political ramifications of the great cholera epidemic of 1832, showing how its course and its conceptualization were affected by the social power relations of the time. The epidemic which claimed the lives of 18,000 people in Paris alone, was a watershed in the history of medicine: In France, it shook the complacency of a medical establishment that thought it had the means to prevent any onslaught and led to a revolution in the concept of public health.

Hardcover

ISBN: 9780262040846 pp. | 8 in x 5.375 in

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$34.00 X | £27.00 ISBN: 9780262540551 pp. | 8 in x 5.375 in

Contributors

Arthur Goldhammer and Paul Rabinow.

Endorsements

  • Delaporte's learned and exhaustive readings of the medical texts brim with subtle observations and new insights, and his treatment of the cultural and political implications of medical thinking should prove useful to all European historians of this period. In Delaporte's capable hands, Foucault's methods come very close to fulfilling their considerable potential as history and criticism.

    Robert A. Nye

    American Historical Review

  • Delaporte's learned and exhaustive readings of the medical texts brim with subtle observations and new insights, and his treatment of the cultural and political implications of medical thinking should prove useful to all European historians of this period. In Delaporte's capable hands, Foucault's methods come very close to fulfilling their considerable potential as history and criticism.

    Robert A. Nye

    American Historical Review