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Would you also like to submit a review for this item? Secondly, I agree with many other critiques that Charles is a little bit repetitive. Could have easily been a page book instead of Oct 29, Shannon rated it it was ok. Book, you disappoint me. I was really excited about reading this, I mean, cholera you guys!
But the prose was dull, and the same basic ideas were repeated ad nauseum. It should've been about pages shorter, with less generalizations. At one point he was talking about how clean Boston was because of its Puritan routes, but Boston in the s was just as filthy as other cities, especially if you looked at the parts of the city packed with impoverished immigrants.
I hope Professor Rosenberg is Book, you disappoint me. I hope Professor Rosenberg is a better teacher than he is a writer--must be, or Harvard wouldn't have hired him, right? A classic in the history of public health, Rosenberg's study of the role of epidemic disease specifically cholera in the formation of permanent boards of public health was revolutionary when it was published and stand the test of time in it's attention to social, intellectual, medical, and religious history.
May 04, Lee added it Shelves: history-united-states , parents-collection. At the time I read it, I was traveling extensively on business and had been to some of these places. Jul 22, Mandrew rated it it was ok. A good study of the 19th century Cholera outbreaks, focusing almost exclusively on New York. The book's divisions do a good job of separating its concerns and topics of discussion, but result in repetition.
I would have appreciated more detail generally, as well as more background on the modern scientific understanding of the disease. Nov 18, Sawy-o rated it it was amazing Shelves: formative-hit-me-hard-when-i-read. I really enjoyed this book- covers different cholera epidemics in the US and how people's perceptions of what causes disease shifted.
Cholera is easier to cure when people don't believe it is caused by god's wrath. Features descriptions of quack medicine doctors used to prescribe and a look at life in New York back when pigs literally roamed in the streets.
There is no necessary contradiction in these conclusions; moralism is not piety and smallpox is not syphilis. By Saturday morning, June 16, nearly everyone had heard the news from Canada. The seller has not uploaded any pictures. The seller has not uploaded any pictures. This is easy. The body of this study is divided into three sections, corresponding to the three major cholera outbreaks on American soil. In America,?
Dec 31, Turtle Soup rated it liked it. Hey, I may have had to read this for my public health class, but it's still a book. The material is interesting, but confusing at times. Rosenberg clearly is not a natural writer, or at least does not know how to convey himself without being redundant. At least the information in it helped me get an A! May 01, Zeb Larson added it. Couldn't finish this one.
The writing style was very dated and he writes with a maddening number of assumptions and generalizations. I know it was a classic in its time, but there has to be a more up-to-date work out there. Jul 21, Jessica Voloudakis rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book. I could wish that it went into greater depth in some areas, but it was a great look at how the country viewed cholera over three distinct epidemics and the social evolution of the idea of public health.
Jun 17, Lauren rated it liked it. A classic text from a giant in the history-of-medicine field Focuses primarily on the epidemics in New York, but also offers useful information on theories of disease etiology and contagion in nineteenth-century medicine more broadly. May 05, Helena rated it it was amazing. Apr 20, Sarah Catherine rated it liked it. Dec 01, Robin Ray rated it it was amazing. Fantastic medical and social history of three cholera epidemics that swiped the United States in the 19th century.
This book is remarkable for being as fresh today as when first published in Mar 14, Shirley rated it liked it.
So interesting! I love medical history books! Jul 21, Chris rated it liked it. A good book on the ethics of treating disease and how treatment moves from the religious sector to the medical and its causes from immorality to exposure. Apr 02, Wyatt rated it liked it. Not a bad book, an interesting look at change regarding views of medicine. Jun 06, Cher rated it liked it Recommends it for: scholars studying various histories and medical people. It was interesting to see various comments where the cholera epidemics were associated with immigrants, as a consequence of not living right, or other common attitudes of the eras when the epidemic took place - and then to realize that those attitudes are similar even now.
Although written in an older form of historical writing, statements are readable and accurately footnoted. The first two sections are not all that difficult to read, but definitely do not read like a novel. The first part of t It was interesting to see various comments where the cholera epidemics were associated with immigrants, as a consequence of not living right, or other common attitudes of the eras when the epidemic took place - and then to realize that those attitudes are similar even now.
The first part of the last section is pretty good, but the end of the book is a slog.
There is some moralizing - or perhaps amoralizing - that really does not belong in this type of volume. Mary rated it liked it Nov 11, Camille rated it really liked it Jan 10, Alice rated it really liked it Feb 16, Cricket rated it really liked it Nov 22, Jeff rated it liked it Feb 17, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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