Living in the Shadow of Death: Tuberculosis and the Social Experience of Illness in American History / Edition 1

Living in the Shadow of Death: Tuberculosis and the Social Experience of Illness in American History / Edition 1

by Sheila M. Rothman, Rothman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801851866

ISBN-13: 9780801851865

Pub. Date: 10/01/1995

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Tuberculosis—once the cause of as many as one in five deaths in the U.S.—crossed all boundaries of class and gender, but the methods of treatment for men and women differed radically. While men were encouraged to go out to sea or to the open country, women were expected to stay at home, surrounded by family, to anticipate a lingering death. Several women,

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Tuberculosis—once the cause of as many as one in five deaths in the U.S.—crossed all boundaries of class and gender, but the methods of treatment for men and women differed radically. While men were encouraged to go out to sea or to the open country, women were expected to stay at home, surrounded by family, to anticipate a lingering death. Several women, however, chose rather to head for the drier climates of the West and build new lives on their own. But with the discovery of the tubercle bacillus in 1882 and the establishment of sanatoriums, both men and women were relegated to lives of seclusion, sacrificing autonomy for the prospect of a cure.

In Living in the Shadow of Death Sheila Rothman presents the story of tuberculosis from the perspective of those who suffered, and in doing so helps us to understand the human side of the disease—and to cope with its resurgence. The letters, diaries, and journals piece together what it was like to experience tuberculosis, and eloquently reveal the tenacity and resolve with which people faced it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801851865
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. IThe Invalid Experience: New England Men, 1810-60
1The Dreaded Disease13
2Manhood and Invalidism26
3The Pursuit of Health45
4Body and Soul57
Pt. IIThe Female Invalid: The Narrative of Deborah Vinal Fiske, 1806-44
5Coming of Age77
6Domestic Duties89
7Deborah and Her Doctors105
8Intensive Care116
Pt. IIIHealth Seekers in the West, 1840-90
9Come West and Live131
10The Physician as Living Proof148
11The Western Narrative161
Pt. IVBecoming a Patient, 1882-1940
12A Disease of the Masses179
13Confining for Cure194
14In the Shadow of the Sanatorium211
15The Sanatorium Narrative226
Epilogue247
Appendix253
Notes259
Index305

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