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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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The Intellectual Politics Of Filth

The Intellectual Politics Of Filth

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(p.109) Chapter 3 The Intellectual Politics Of Filth
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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/9780226017778.003.0004

This chapter discusses the establishment of the Metropolitan Board of Health of New York City and the rise of public health prior to the 1866 cholera epidemic. The board ushered in a period of interventionist sanitary reforms and shifted the conceptualization of cholera as a social problem rather than a spiritual problem.

Keywords:   Metropolitan Board of Health, New York City, public health, cholera epidemic, cholera

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