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Bodily Matters: The Anti-Vaccination Movement in England, 1853–1907 (Radical Perspectives) Kindle Edition
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"All too often the large-scale resistance to compulsory vaccination in England has been treated as a quaint case study in 'anti-modern' or 'irrational' opposition to scientific progress. Nadja Durbach has made a key contribution to modern British history in particular and to the analysis of class culture more generally by rescuing this resistance to state medicine from what E. P. Thompson memorably termed 'the enormous condescension of posterity.'"--George Behlmer, author of Friends of the Family: The English Home and Its Guardians, 1850-1940
"Durbach's account of the anti-vaccination movement is clearly and forcefully written and provides an authoritative survey of Victorian debates about the role of the state in disease prevention. Bodily Matters will engage anyone interested in public health and the history of epidemiology, and post-9/11 fears about bioterrorism and the looming threat of a bird flu pandemic may broaden the audience for this text."
--Solveig C. Robinson "Perspectives in Biology and Medicine "
"Nadja Durbach's Bodily Matters is a rigorously researched and sensitive account of antivaccinationism in Victorian and Edwardian England that combines the insights of the history of medicine, political history, and the social and cultural histories of class and gender."--Ian Burney "Journal of Modern History "
"This fascinating book uses the anti-vaccination movement to illuminate our understanding of the major themes in nineteenth-century British history: the nature of liberalism, class tensions, and resistance to state intervention. Beautifully written, it brings the movement to life."--Anna Clark, author of Scandal: The Sexual Politics of the British Constitution --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00EHBSM62
- Publisher : Duke University Press Books (30 December 2004)
- Language : English
- File size : 3865 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 296 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0822334232
- Best Sellers Rank: 432,670 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Having read an earlier review about poor formatting, I was a bit nervous about how this would read on my iPad but so far, I haven't had an issue - the text is clear and quite readable and I love being able to click on the citation links and go straight to the reference.
Everyone who believes that the smallpox vaccine was medical science's greatest victory needs to read this book. Looking back at the emergence of compulsory vaccination from today's perspective is so different to actually reading what was said at the time by those who were living and surviving (and in some cases, not surviving) this dreadfully unscientific and dangerous procedure.
If a doctor were to administer vaccines today in the way they were administered then - body to body, sharing pus, diseased tissue and unfiltered bodily fluids, he would be in jail or in an asylum. But back then, this was what vaccination was - a barbaric procedure comparable to the bloodletting 'barbers' we laugh at now.
Congratulations, Nadja for such a masterful take on this difficult and vexed subject. I hope your readership will grow - we really need this information to get as wide an airing as possible.