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Knowledge in the Time of Cholera: The Struggle over American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century

Owen Whooley


Vomiting. Diarrhea. Dehydration. Death. Confusion. In 1832, the arrival of cholera in the United States created widespread panic throughout the country. For the rest of the century, epidemics swept through American cities and towns like wildfire, killing thousands. Physicians of all stripes offered conflicting answers to the cholera puzzle, ineffectively responding with opiates, bleeding, quarantines, and all manner of remedies, before the identity of the dreaded infection was consolidated under the germ theory of disease some sixty years later. These cholera outbreaks raised fundamental quest ... More

Keywords: vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, cholera, epidemics, opiates, bleeding, quarantines, infection, germ theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226017464
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226017778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Owen Whooley, author