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Knowledge in the Time of CholeraThe Struggle over American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century$
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Owen Whooley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226017464

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226017778.001.0001

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Choleric Confusion

Choleric Confusion

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(p.31) Chapter 1 Choleric Confusion
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Knowledge in the Time of Cholera
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Owen Whooley

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226017778.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the initial confusion surrounding cholera at the time of its first attack in Europe in 1831. It describes how the alternative medical sects transformed the cholera epidemic into an epistemic contest. The chapter also describes how the post-cholera medical debates eventually led to the repeal of licensing laws.

Keywords:   cholera, Europe, alternative medical sects, cholera epidemic, epidemic, epistemic contest, licensing laws

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