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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (March 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813512247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813512242
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AMS on August 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I could barely put this book down. One fascinating theme is the link between perceptions of the symptoms of TB and social class. When TB was primarily a white, upper-class disease, the symptoms were viewed with esteem. For example, pale, thin, frail people were thought to be particularly bright, creative, and appealing. But that is scratching the surface -- there is so much that is compelling and interesting about this book.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By cactus writer on September 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
DuBos et al examine the social aspects of the TB epidemic, along with some of the biological factors. They show how TB was romaticized, how it was portrayed as a demon coming to rob the healthy of life, and how it sparked scientific invention - in particular the stethescope. The introduction is wonderful as it lays out the basic parts of the book. Words of advice: this book is best read as a whole from beginning to end, as the authors build on the arguments they make in past chapters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Stocker on December 6, 2012
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The author does a good job knitting social history and insightful medical writing. A fast read with a wealth of startling details about the role of tuberculosis in the arts.
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