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A Manufactured Plague: The History of Foot-and-mouth Disease in Britain
     

A Manufactured Plague: The History of Foot-and-mouth Disease in Britain

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by Abigail Woods
 

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Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is currently regarded as one of the world's worst animal plagues. But how did this label become attached to a curable disease that poses little threat to human health? And why, in the epidemic of 2001, did the government's control strategy still rely upon Victorian trade restrictions and mass slaughter? This groundbreaking and

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Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is currently regarded as one of the world's worst animal plagues. But how did this label become attached to a curable disease that poses little threat to human health? And why, in the epidemic of 2001, did the government's control strategy still rely upon Victorian trade restrictions and mass slaughter? This groundbreaking and well-researched book shows that, for over a century, FMD has brought fear, tragedy and sorrow- damaging businesses and affecting international relations. Yet these effects were neither inevitable nor caused by FMD itself but were, rather, the product of the legislation used to control it, and in this sense FMD is a 'manufactured' plague rather than a natural one. A Manufactured Plague turns the spotlight on this process of manufacture, revealing a rich history beset by controversy, in which party politics, class relations, veterinary ambitions, agricultural practices, the priorities of farming and the meat trade, fears for national security and scientific progress all made FMD what it is today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136572951
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/17/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Abigail Woods studied veterinary medicine at Cambridge University and history of medicine at Manchester University. She is currently Wellcome Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Manchester University. Her specialist field is British veterinary history.

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