Princeton University Library Catalog

The white death : a history of tuberculosis / Thomas Dormandy.

Author:
Dormandy, Thomas [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
New York : New York University Press, 2000.
Description:
xiv, 433 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Summary note:
  • "Tuberculosis was a killer on a huge scale, ever present and lurking rather than epidemic. The explosion of tuberculosis in the nineteenth century went hand in hand with rapid industrialization and was fomented by bad housing and poverty. From Roman times, the disease fascinated and frustrated doctors, who described its symptoms without understanding its causes.
  • For the Victorians, who elevated illness and morbidity into art forms, the victims of tuberculosis were the ultimate in pale and interesting, not least because they were so often young and gifted. The roll call of genius reads like an anthem for doomed youth: Keats, Chopin, the Brontes (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne), Robert Louis Stevenson, Chekhov, Orwell, to name but a few. The dying heroine became as much the stock in trade of Romantic fiction and painting as of opera.".
  • "Thomas Dormandy's account of the complex social, artistic, and natural history of tuberculosis is also a chronicle of the medical profession at its best and worst."--BOOK JACKET.
Notes:
Originally published: London ; Rio Grande, Ohio : Hambledon Press, 1999.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
1. The Mists of History -- 2. Half in Love with Easeful Death -- 3. The Sounds of Tuberculosis -- 4. The Diathesis -- 5. Three Heretics -- 6. Sacrifice and Atonement -- 7. The Poor -- 8. The Romantic Image -- 9. Staying at Home -- 10. Seeking the Sun -- 11. Going West -- 12. The Cause -- 13. Tuberculin -- 14. Rest and Fresh Air -- 15. Under English Skies -- 16. Saranac Lake and Riverside -- 17. Doctor, Patient, Writer -- 18. Advances -- 19. The New Pathology -- 20. Blip -- 21. Peacetime Aetiologies -- 22. Collapse Therapy -- 23. Gold Rush -- 24. Quacks -- 25. The Undying Man -- 26. Private Charity: Public Health -- 27. A Model Patient -- 28. Workshops and Village Settlements -- 29. Milk -- 30. Vaccines -- 31. The Surgeon Cometh -- 32. Dawn -- 33. An Imperfect Civilisation.
Subject(s):
TuberculosisHistory [Browse]
ISBN:
0814719279 (cl. : alk. paper)
LCCN:
99032169
OCLC:
41476771
RCP:
C - S