Allergy: The History of a Modern Malady

Allergy: The History of a Modern Malady

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by Mark Jackson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1861892713

ISBN-13: 9781861892713

Pub. Date: 06/26/2006

Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited

"Allergy is a modern malady. A century ago, even the term allergy was unknown, and ailments such as asthma and eczema were considered to be rare and non-fatal conditions that afflicted only the upper classes of Western society. Yet, as Mark Jackson reveals in this ground-breaking book, by the 1990s allergy had exploded into a set of diseases of great medical, cultural…  See more details below

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"Allergy is a modern malady. A century ago, even the term allergy was unknown, and ailments such as asthma and eczema were considered to be rare and non-fatal conditions that afflicted only the upper classes of Western society. Yet, as Mark Jackson reveals in this ground-breaking book, by the 1990s allergy had exploded into a set of diseases of great medical, cultural and political significance." In Allergy, Jackson traces how allergy became the archetypal 'disease of civilization', generating global political concerns about the relationship between health and the environment and stimulating anxieties about the detrimental effects of modern living.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861892713
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
06/26/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1Histories9
2Strange reactions27
3Allergy in the clinic56
4The global economy of allergy103
5Civilization and disease148
6Resisting modernity185
7Futures216

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