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Purity and Pollution

Gender, Embodiment and Victorian Medicine

  • Alison Bashford

Part of the Studies in Gender History book series (SGH)

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

cultural history feminism gender health history medicine public health sexuality

Authors and affiliations

  • Alison Bashford
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230501249
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-77796-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-50124-9
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