Article ID: CBB001320417

Epidemics in the News: Health and Hygiene in the Press in Periods of Crisis (2013)


How did scientific knowledge reach the public? Using the press and keeping in mind the population's limited access to written material, this paper establishes how the latest scientific news was divulged to unspecialised audiences. In times of sanitary crisis in Oporto, such as the cholera morbus epidemic of 1854--1856, the bubonic plague in 1899 and the 1918 influenza pandemic, newspapers were important sources to access the information and advice given to the public. A database of 6700 articles, medical reports and advertisements published in daily newspapers reveals the state of the art of medical science. It also reveals the importance given by health authorities and journalists to the publication of recent discoveries and adequate hygiene procedures to prevent the spread of the epidemics. This is a subject that contributes to the debates on the dissemination of science and on the place that Portugal occupied in the international scientific community.


Description Looks at data from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Authors & Contributors
Almeida, Maria Antónia Pires de
McCrea, Heather L.
Pollock, Ethan
Kashin, Konstantin
Legg, Stephen
Silva, Matheus Alves Duarte da
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Medicina Historica
Russian Review
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Tarikh-e Elm (The Iranian Journal for the History of Science)
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
University of New Mexico Press
Ohio University Press
Rutgers University Press
I. B. Tauris
Editoriale Jouvence
Public health
Disease and diseases
Medicine and society
Andrade, Nuno Ferreira de
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
Early modern
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

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