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Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia, Germs and Public Health in Dublin, 1862–1882 (2016)


Studies of contagious bovine pleuropneumonia influenced the formation of ideas about disease transmission in Dublin between 1862 and 1882. Public health officials used their experience with pleuropneumonia to try to understand the media by which diseases might pass between bodies. The story of pleuropneumonia in Dublin shows how practical experience in meat inspection shaped medical ideas. The slaughterhouse served not only as an important arena of public health action but also as a site of knowledge formation. However, attempts to use ideas about pleuropneumonia to push for changes to public health practices fell short of expectations. A number of obstacles slowed change including special interest groups, poor finances, scientific confusion, and the division of duties between civic bodies and Poor Law Unions.

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Authors & Contributors
Jones, Susan D.
Kohlstedt, Sally G.
Gunn, Jennifer
Borrello, Mark E.
Kelly, Brendan D.
Charnley, Berris
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Social History of Medicine
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Journal of Asian Studies
Public Understanding of Science
University of Chicago Press
A. & A. Farmar
Oxford University Press
University of Minnesota
Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social
Porrúa, Miguel Ángel
Public health
Food safety
Communication of scientific ideas
Transmission of ideas
Food and foods
Food industry and trade
Cameron, Charles Alexander
Darwin, Charles Robert
Bose, Chunilal
Heinz, Henry J.
Sinclair, Upton Beall
Wiley, Harvey Washington
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
21st century
18th century
Dublin (Ireland)
United States
Great Britain
London (England)
Malay; Malaysia
Calcutta Medical College

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