Hives Of Sickness / Edition 1

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Overview

An 1865 report on public health in New York painted a grim picture of "high brick blocks and closely-packed houses . . . literally hives of sickness" propagating epidemics of cholera, smallpox, typhoid, typhus, and yellow fever, which swept through the whole city. In this stimulating collection of essays, nine historians of American medicine explore New York's responses to its public health crises from colonial times to the present. The essays illustrate the relationship between the disease environment of New York and changes in housing, population, social conditions, and the success of medical science, linking such factors to New York's experiences with smallpox, polio, and AIDS. The volume is essential reading for anyone interested in American public health and the social history of New York. The volume is essential reading for anyone interested in American public health and the social history of New York.

The contributors are Ronald Bayer, Elizabeth Blackmar, Gretchen A. Condran, Elizabeth Fee, Daniel M. Fox, Evelynn M. Hammonds, Alan M. Kraut, Judith Walzer Leavitt, and Naomi Rogers. David Rosner is a professor of history at Baruch College and The Graduate School of the City University of New York. Robert R. Macdonald is the director of the Museum of the City of New York.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813521589
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/1991
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 847,323
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: "Hives of Sickness and Vice" 1
Pt. I Breeding Grounds for Disease 23
Changing Patterns of Epidemic Disease in New York City 27
Accountability for Public Health: Regulating the Housing Market in Nineteenth-Century New York City 42
Plagues and Prejudice: Nativism's Construction of Disease in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century New York City 65
Pt. II When Epidemic Strikes 91
"Be Safe. Be Sure.": New York City's Experience with Epidemic Smallpox 95
A Disease of Cleanliness: Polio in New York City, 1900-1990 115
The Dependent Center: The First Decade of the AIDS Epidemic in New York City 131
Pt. III The City Responds 151
Science, Politics, and the Art of Persuasion: Promoting the New Scientific Medicine in New York City 155
The Politics of Public Health in New York City: Contrasting Styles Since 1920 197
Notes on Contributors 211
Index 213
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