Publisher: Harvard University Press (November 1, 1996)
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think of polar photos of a similar scientific : the faded and fragile Camille ensconced on a chaise in a Victorian parlor, daintily coughing a small spot of blood onto her white lace pillow, and a wretched terrible guy in a Bowery flophouse spreading a dread and lethal an infection. Now Katherine Ott chronicles how in a single century a romantic, ambiguous sickness of the spirit used to be reworked right into a sickness that threatened public overall healthiness and civic order. She persuasively argues that there has been no consistent id to the disorder through the years, no "core" tuberculosis. What we comprehend this day as pulmonary tuberculosis might were mostly unintelligible to a doctor or sufferer within the overdue 19th century. even supposing medically the 2 phrases defined an identical disorder of the lungs, Ott exhibits that "tuberculosis" and "consumption" have been clinically determined, outlined, and taken care of distinctively via either lay medical examiners. Ott strains the shift from the pre-industrial global of 1870, during which intake used to be conceived of essentially as a middle-class malaise that conferred advantage, heightened spirituality, and gentility at the patient, to the post-industrial global of this day, within which tuberculosis is seen as a microscopic enemy, fought on an city battleground and attacking basically the outcast terrible and AIDS sufferers. Ott's concentration is the altering definition of the disorder in numerous historic eras and environments. She explores its exterior trappings, from the indications medical professionals selected to note (whether a faded complexion or a tubercle in a dish) to the importance of the industrial and social conditions of the sufferer. Emphasizing the fabric tradition of disease--medical provides, ads for remote leisure treatments, outdoors unwell porches, and invalid hammocks--Ott offers perception into people's realizing of ailment and the way to strive against it. Fevered Lives underscores the moving meanings of consumption/tuberculosis in an awfully readable cultural historical past.