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Contagion, Isolation, and Biopolitics in Victorian London

By (author) Matthew Newsom Kerr
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG, Cham, Switzerland
Published: 27th Oct 2017
Dimensions: w 148mm h 210mm d 30mm
Weight: 781g
ISBN-10: 3319657674
ISBN-13: 9783319657677
Barcode No: 9783319657677
This book is a history of London's vast network of fever and smallpox hospitals, built by the Metropolitan Asylums Board between 1870 and 1900. Unprecedented in size and scope, this public infrastructure inaugurated a new technology of disease prevention-isolation. Londoners suffering from infectious diseases submitted themselves to far-reaching forms of surveillance, removal, and detention, which made them legible to science and the state in entirely new ways. Isolation on a mass scale transformed the meaning of urban epidemics and introduced contentious new relationships between health, citizenship, and the spaces of modern governance. Rich in archival sources and images, this engaging book offers innovative analysis at the intersection of preventive medicine and Victorian-era liberalism.

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"Contagion, Isolation, and Biopolitics in Victorian London will appeal to readers in a range of disciplines, including urban history, medical geography, history of medicine, political history, and social history. It is a compelling, well-written book that makes a particularly strong contribution to the histories of epidemiology and smallpox. Above all, it is a chilling reminder of the importance of place in public health." (Annmarie Adams, Technology and Culture, Vol. 61 (1), 2020)