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Hygiene, Food and Digestion in Post-Unified Italy: Paolo Mantegazza’s Medicine in the Kitchen and Beyond (1861–1900)

  • Cristiano Turbil
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)

Abstract

In the late nineteenth century, questions regarding hygiene and public health became central to medical, cultural and political debates across Europe. In Italy, particularly during the first few decades after unification, public health campaigns became a key element in the creation of the new kingdom. The polymath politician Paolo Mantegazza was a central figure in the establishment of hygiene in Italy, including laboratory medicine, sexual education, food science and digestion. Little has been written on Mantegazza’s work on food science and digestion and the role they played in improving Italian public health. This chapter provides an insight into the circulation of medical knowledge in the Italian popular context and the importance this had for national public health.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristiano Turbil
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  1. 1.Historian of Science and MedicineKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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