Article ID: CBB001220430

The Portuguese cholera morbus Epidemic of 1853--56 as Seen by the Press (2012)


This is a study of how scientific knowledge reached common citizens in nineteenth-century Portugal, using newspapers as the main source. Despite the population's limited access to written material, each leading newspaper might be read by 30 000 people a day in Lisbon. This made newspapers the most widely available vehicle for the diffusion of the latest scientific information to the general public. With a cholera morbus epidemic affecting the second largest Portuguese town and all the northern regions, as well as the Algarve, reports on the course of the epidemic were considered essential. The author bases her study on a database of news about the disease in 1855 and 1856, especially with regard to prevention and treatment.

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Authors & Contributors
Almeida, Maria Antónia Pires de
Moro, José María
Verhoeven, Piet
Holland, Michael
Burrell, Sean
Gill, Geoffrey
Public Understanding of Science
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography
Science as Culture
Universidad de Oviedo
Medical Museum Publishing
Franco Angeli
Cierre edizioni
Yale University Press
Public health
Disease and diseases
Public understanding of medicine
Schenk, Samuel Leopold
Great Britain
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
20th century, late

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