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Purity and Pollution : Gender,Embodiment and Victorian Medicine : Gender  Embodiment and Victorian Medicine - Alison Bashford

Purity and Pollution : Gender,Embodiment and Victorian Medicine

Gender Embodiment and Victorian Medicine

Hardcover Published: May 1998
ISBN: 9780333682487
Number Of Pages: 171

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Like medical knowledge and practice itself, most medical histories are fascinated with the bodies of patients. Bashford examines practitioners of medicine, as well as patients, as embodied and sexed subjects. She brings together recent cultural and feminist theories on the body, nineteenth-century medical history, and the history of gender and Victorian feminism. Purity and Pollution is a cultural history which investigates the ways in which many different practitioners - male and female doctors, nurses, midwives, accoucheurs - were implicated in a discourse and a material practice inescapably about the pure and the polluted. What were the cultural meanings embodied by these practitioners? How did doctors think about themselves: as fleshly and tactile, as carrying a contagion, or as being immune to contagion? How did nurses conceptualize and enact that cleanliness so insistently impressed upon their very bodies and morals, as well as their wards and homes? In what ways did the medical gaze turn inwards?

List of Abbreviationsp. viii
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. xi
Sanitising Spaces: The Body and the Domestic in Public Healthp. 1
Female Bodies at Work: Narratives of the 'Old' Nurse and the 'New' Nursep. 21
'Disciplines of the Flesh': Sexuality, Religion and the Modern Nursep. 41
Pathologising the Practitioner: Puerperal Fever in the 1860sp. 63
Feminising Medicine: The Gendered Politics of Healthp. 85
Dissecting the Feminine: Women Doctors and Dead Bodies in the Late Nineteenth Centuryp. 107
Sterile Bodies: Germs and the Gendered Practitionerp. 127
Notes and Referencesp. 149
Bibliographyp. 173
Indexp. 183
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ISBN: 9780333682487
ISBN-10: 0333682483
Series: Gender, Embodiment and Victorian Medicine
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 171
Published: May 1998
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1