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Rotten bodies : class and contagion in eighteenth-century Britain

Author: Kevin Patrick Siena
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019] ©2019
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Britain had no idea that it would not see another plague after the horrors of 1666, and for a century and a half the fear of epidemic disease gripped and shaped British society. Plague doctors had long asserted that the bodies of the poor were especially prone to generating and spreading contagious disease, and British doctors and laypeople alike took those warnings to heart, guiding medical ideas of class  Read more...
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Siena, Kevin Patrick.
Rotten bodies.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019]
(OCoLC)1055253426
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Patrick Siena
ISBN: 9780300245424 0300245424
OCLC Number: 1099434498
Description: 1 online resource (x, 333 pages)
Contents: 1. Plague, Putrefaction, and the Poor --
2. Reframing Plague after 1666 --
3. Prisons, Debtors, and Disease in the Early Eighteenth Century --
4. Jail Fever Comes of Age --
5. Jail Fever and Prison Reform: London, 1750-1789 --
6. Braving Contagion: John Howard and Ordinary Men --
7. Typhus Ever After --
Conclusion: Plebeian and Other Bodies.
Other Titles: Class and contagion in eighteenth-century Britain
Responsibility: Kevin Siena.
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