The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women, and the Microbe in American Life / Edition 1

The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women, and the Microbe in American Life / Edition 1

by Nancy Tomes
     
 

All around us the alarms are going off, warning of the danger of new, deadly diseases. Yet, as Nancy Tomes reminds us in her absorbing book, this is really nothing new. A remarkable work of medical and cultural history, The Gospel of Germs takes us back to the first great "germ panic" in American history, which peaked in the early 1900s, to explore the originsSee more details below

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All around us the alarms are going off, warning of the danger of new, deadly diseases. Yet, as Nancy Tomes reminds us in her absorbing book, this is really nothing new. A remarkable work of medical and cultural history, The Gospel of Germs takes us back to the first great "germ panic" in American history, which peaked in the early 1900s, to explore the origins of our modern disease consciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674357082
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,280,753
Product dimensions:
0.80(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface: Memories of Disease Past

Introduction: The Gospel of Germs

Part I: The Gospel Emergent, 1870-1890

Apostles of the Germ

Whited Sepulchers

Entrepreneurs of the Germ

Part II: The Gospel Triumphant, 1890-1920

Disciples of the Laboratory

Tuberculosis Religion

The Domestication of the Germ

Part III: The Gospel in Practice, 1900-1930

Antisepticonscious America

The Wages of Dirt Were Death

The Two-Edged Sword

Part IV: The Gospel in Retreat

The Waning of Enthusiasm

Epilogue: The Gospel of Germs in the Age of AIDS

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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