Article ID: CBB146303994

Lust for life: coping with tuberculosis in late nineteenth-century Europe (2020)


The paper uses the correspondence of three Finns – Elias Erkko, Henrik Erkko and Hilda Asp – to analyse the conceptual and practical means with which late nineteenth-century-educated Europeans coped with ill health in general and tuberculosis in particular. While the need to gain control over (the threat of) disease may well be universal, the specific coping methods are historical and context-specific. They are both conceptual and practical, both individual and collective. The paper focuses on the 1880s and 1890s, a period when tuberculosis provided an especially lucrative subsector of the booming European medical marketplace. Sanatorium treatment was still only one among many treatment options, and the theory of the bacterial causation of tuberculosis was far from being universally accepted. The paper charts the options available for people suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis and analyses the eclectic, sometimes idiosyncractic, ways that they combined elements from different conceptual scripts and therapeutic traditions.

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Authors & Contributors
Jones, Greta
Malcolm, Elizabeth
Kelly, James G.
Geary, Laurence M.
Froggatt, Peter
McGeachie, James
Medical History
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Social Science History
Health and History
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Journal of Medical Biography
McGill-Queen's University Press
International Specialized Book Services
Oxford University Press
University Press of Colorado
Disease and diseases
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Public health
Wilde, Robert Willis
Spivak, Charles D.
Latta, Thomas Aitchison
Forlanini, Carlo
Kholtsman, Volf S.
Finsen, Niels Ryberg
Great Britain
United States
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
18th century
17th century
21st century
Royal Belfast Academical Institution
Catholic University of Ireland (Dublin)

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