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Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture (Sci & Culture in the Nineteenth Century) Paperback – December 1, 2020

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Editorial Reviews


“This is an outstanding collection: deeply researched, clearly written essays that talk to each other on such diverse aspects of Victorian public response to medicine as Thomas Wakley’s battle against fraudulent patent medicine ads, Dickens’s campaigns for hospitals, periodical articles on food adulteration, sanitation and home health management, poisoning doctors in novels, the new ‘science’ of sexology, drug addiction, degeneration, and a culminating essay on the importance of reading illness as metaphor in Victorian literature.”
—Mary Wilson Carpenter, Queen’s University, Canada

“Advertisements for Dr. Locock's Pulmonic Wafers, investigations of adulterated milk, doctor-poisoners, male hysterics: these are just some of the little-known but fascinating topics broached in Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture. Particularly strong in contributions showing the connections between medical controversies, figures, or topoi and popular fiction (Martineau, Collins, Conan Doyle, Ellen Wood, H. G. Wells), this volume of essays should be of interest to Victorianists and historians of medicine alike.”
—Lawrence Rothfield, University of Chicago

About the Author

Louise Penner is associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is the author of Victorian Medicine and Social Reform: Florence Nightingale among the Novelists.
Tabitha Sparks is associate professor of English at McGill University. She is the author of The Doctor in the Victorian Novel: Family Practices.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.11 pounds
  • Paperback : 200 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0822966433
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0822966432
  • Publisher : University of Pittsburgh Press; 1st Edition (December 1, 2020)
  • Language: : English