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Medicine and Power in Tunisia, 1780-1900 / Edition 1
     

Medicine and Power in Tunisia, 1780-1900 / Edition 1

by Nancy Elizabeth Gallagher
 

ISBN-10: 0521529395

ISBN-13: 9780521529396

Pub. Date: 07/25/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Severe epidemics of plague, cholera, and typhus swept across Tunisia between the years 1780 and 1900. The society was galvanized into action: medical practitioners, religious authorities, and political leaders all tried to deal with the deadly crises. Muslims had, over many centuries, evolved ideas concerning the origin, prevention, and treatment of epidemic

Overview

Severe epidemics of plague, cholera, and typhus swept across Tunisia between the years 1780 and 1900. The society was galvanized into action: medical practitioners, religious authorities, and political leaders all tried to deal with the deadly crises. Muslims had, over many centuries, evolved ideas concerning the origin, prevention, and treatment of epidemic diseases that differed somewhat from those of their European counterparts. With European economic and political expansion that accelerated after the Napoleonic Wars, Muslims found themselves confronted not only by a new source of political power but by a new set of medical ideas. This study traces the medical confrontation through the society's response to epidemic disease.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521529396
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/25/2002
Series:
Cambridge Middle East Library Series , #2
Edition description:
First Paperback Edition
Pages:
145
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Note on transliteration; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Indigenous medicine against plague, 1780-1830; 2. Cholera in an age of European economic expansion, 1830-58; 3. Cholera, typhus, and economic collapse, 1858-70; 4. Colonization and collapse of Arab medical institutions; Conclusion; Appendices; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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