Knowledge in the Time of Cholera: The Struggle over American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century

Knowledge in the Time of Cholera: The Struggle over American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century

Owen Whooley


Vomiting. Diarrhea. Dehydration. loss of life. Confusion. In 1832, the arrival of cholera within the usa created frequent panic in the course of the kingdom. For the remainder of the century, epidemics swept via American towns and cities like wildfire, killing millions. Physicians of all stripes provided conflicting solutions to the cholera puzzle, ineffectively responding with opiates, bleeding, quarantines, and all demeanour of treatments, prior to the identification of the feared an infection was once consolidated below the germ conception of sickness a few sixty years later.

These cholera outbreaks raised basic questions about clinical wisdom and its legitimacy, giving gas to substitute clinical sects that used the confusion of the epidemic to problem either clinical orthodoxy and the authority of the still-new American clinical organization. In Knowledge for the time of Cholera, Owen Whooley tells us the tale of these darkish days, centering his narrative on rivalries among clinical and homeopathic practitioners and bringing to existence the conflict to regulate public knowing of affliction, expert energy, and democratic governance in nineteenth-century America.

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