Pathological Bodies

Pathological Bodies

by Corinna Wagner


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Pathological Bodies by Corinna Wagner

This book explores the important connections between medicine and political culture that often have been overlooked. In response to the French revolution and British radicalism, political propagandists adopted a scientific vocabulary and medical images for their own purposes. New ideas about anatomy and pathology, sexuality and reproduction, cleanliness and contamination, and diet and drink migrated into politics in often startling ways, and to significant effect. These ideas were used to identify individuals as normal or pathological, and as "naturally" suitable or unsuitable for public life. This migration has had profound consequences for how we measure the bodies, practices and abilities of public figures and ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520289529
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Series: Berkeley Series in British Studies Series , #6
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Corinna Wagner is Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter.

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