Health and Medicine on Display: International Expositions in by Julie K. Brown

By Julie K. Brown

International expositions, with their large assembling of indicates and audiences, have been the media occasions in their time. In transmitting a brand new tradition of visibility that merged details, leisure, and trade, they supplied a distinct chance for the general public to realize quite a few social and technological advances. With healthiness and drugs on exhibit, Julie Brown deals the 1st book-length exam of ways foreign expositions, via their shows and infrastructures, sought to illustrate suggestions in utilized well-being and scientific perform. Brown investigates not just how indicates translated health and wellbeing and clinical info into visible shape but in addition how exposition websites in city settings (an exposition was once "a urban inside of a urban" occasionally in clash with municipal professionals) supplied emergency clinical remedy, entry to secure water, and safety opposed to infectious illnesses. Brown appears at 4 expositions held in Philadelphia, Chicago, Buffalo, and St. Louis among 1876 and 1904, spanning the Gilded Age and the early reform years of the innovative period. She describes the 1904 St. Louis exposition particularly aspect, taking a look heavily on the websites and prone in addition to chosen indicates (including operating version playground, stay X-ray demonstrations, and a rescue movie through the U.S. Navy). Many rigorously researched illustrations, so much by no means sooner than released (with supplementary photographs on hand at the MIT Press website), vividly exhibit the function that those exhibitions performed in framing and shaping future health matters for his or her audiences.

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