Pathologies of travel / edited by Richard Wrigley and George Revill.

Amsterdam ; Atlanta, Ga. : Rodopi, 2000.
v, 338 p. : ill., port. ; 24 cm.


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The essays in this volume, which range across Europe, America and Africa, and from the 18th to the 20th centuries, argue that the experience of travel, and the business of representing that experience, involved an obligatory engagement with the disturbing perception that travel's pleasures were inseparable from its dangers and ennuis. Despite the confidence of some medical authorities in their recommendations of the therapeutic benefits to be derived from 'change of air' as a way of restoring a state of health, such opinions failed to establish a consensus, either amongst those who followed such peripatetic prescriptions, or amongst the medical professions in general. Mad doctors and climatologists alike were forced to adopt an essentially partisan stance in arguing their case for such recommendations, and were confronted by rival practitioners who could marshal counter-case histories which demonstrated diametrically opposed conclusions concerning the advisability of travel.
"This volume originated in a conference held at the Humanities Research Centre, Oxford Brookes University in 1996."--P. i.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Letting madness range: travel and mental disorder c.1700-1900 / Jonathan Andrews
  • The continental journeys of Andrew Duncan junior: a physician's education and the international culture of eighteenth-century medicine / Malcolm Nicolson
  • Richard Jago's Edge-Hill revisited: a traveller's prospect of the health and disease of a succession of national landscapes / Matthew Craske
  • `The Rime of the ancient mariner': a ballad of the scurvy / Jonathan Lamb
  • Lassitude and revival in the warm south: relaxing and exciting travel (1750-1830) / Chloe Chard
  • Pathological topographies and cultural itineraries: mapping `mal'aris' in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Rome / Richard Wrigley
  • The Railway journey and the neuroses of modernity / Ralph Harrington
  • Mobility, syphilis, and democracy: pathologizing the mobile body / Tim Cresswell
  • The Politics of medical topography: seeking healthiness at the Cape during the nineteenth century / Harriet Deacon
  • Sleepers wake: André Gide and disease in Travels in the Congo / Russell West.
  • 904200598X (Paper)
  • 9042006080 (Bound)
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