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1 online resource (xiii, 214 pages) : illustrations.
  • Mercury and syphilis : a dysfunctional relationship
  • The making of a modern hospital in eighteenth-century Paris
  • The infants of Vaugirard
  • The wet nurse as technology
  • The wet nurse and the law
  • The Doctor exonerated
  • Appendices. Case sources ; Decision of the Court of Dijon, 14 May 1868 ; General legislative and statutory terms.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries congenital syphilis was a major cause of infant mortality in France but mercury, the preferred treatment for the disease, could not be safely given to infants. In the 1780s the Vaugirard hospital in Paris began to treat affected infants by giving mercury to wet nurses, who transmitted it to infants through their milk. Despite the highly contagious nature of syphilis and the dangerous side-effects of mercury, the practice of using healthy wet nurses to treat syphilitic infants spread throughout France and continued into the nineteenth century.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780773537415 20180521
1 online resource (xviii, 209 pages) : illustrations, maps.
  • Introduction: the problem with obesity
  • Defining obesity
  • Obesity and human adaptation
  • The distribution of risk
  • Culture and body ideals
  • Big-body symbolism, meanings, and norms
  • Conclusion: the big picture
  • Appendix A: Global rates of overweight and obesity
  • Appendix B: Body mass index tables
  • Appendix C: Tools for the comparative study of body image
  • Appendix D: Using cultural consensus analysis to understand obesity norms.
In a world now filled with more people who are overweight than underweight, public health and medical perspectives paint obesity as a catastrophic epidemic that threatens to overwhelm health systems and undermine life expectancies globally. In many societies, being obese also creates profound personal suffering because it is so culturally stigmatized. Yet despite loud messages about the health and social costs of being obese, weight gain is a seemingly universal aspect of the modern human condition. Grounded in a holistic anthropological approach and using a range of ethnographic and ecological case studies, Obesity shows that the human tendency to become and stay fat makes perfect sense in terms of evolved human inclinations and the physical and social realities of modern life. Drawing on her own fieldwork in the rural United States, Mexico, and the Pacific Islands over the last two decades, Alexandra A. Brewis addresses such critical questions as why obesity is defined as a problem and why some groups are so much more at risk than others. She suggests innovative ways that anthropology and other social sciences can use community-based research to address the serious public health and social justice concerns provoked by the global spread of obesity.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780813548906 20180521


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