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© 1998

Purity and Pollution

Gender, Embodiment and Victorian Medicine

Book

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

  1. 1.University of SydneyAustralia

About the authors

Alison Bashford is Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge, UK. She has taught Pacific and Australian history at the University of Sydney, Australia, and Harvard University, USA.

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