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Bacteria in Britain, 1880-1939

Wall, Rosemary

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Abstract

Focusing on the years between the identification of bacteria and the production of antibiotic drugs, Wall presents a study into how medical bacteriology was integrated within both clinical practice and public knowledge. Using a series of case studies, she demonstrates how physicians began to use bacteriology as a diagnostic tool and how the public and lawyers argued about responsibility for bacterial diseases in workplaces and local communities. Wall examines particular outbreaks of anthrax and typhoid in detail, addressing issues of local politics and public health.

Book Type Authored Book
Journal Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Book Title Bacteria in Britain, 1880-1939
ISBN 978-1-84893-427-6
Institution Citation Wall, R. Bacteria in Britain, 1880-1939. The University of Hull
Keywords REF 2014 submission