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Reconsidering the Dramaturgy (2020)


This essay reconsiders epidemic narratives through the lens of polio to examine temporal shifts and overlapping and conflicting temporalities and assess some of the stakes in how we conceptualize the epidemic dramaturgy. I argue that while the dramaturgy of epidemics serves as a thread around which people, state actors, and institutions organize experiences, responses, and expectations, consideration of the multiplicity of epidemic temporalities is crucial in understanding how medical practice and knowledge are shaped and transferred, particularly with attention to actors that might be rendered invisible by the conventional narrative arc.

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Authors & Contributors
Axelsson, Per
Porras, María Isabel
Ballester, Rosa
Wilson, D. J.
Jenner, Mark S. R.
Báguena Cervellera, María José
Dynamis: Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
William and Mary Quarterly
Seventeenth Century
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Ohio University Press
Carocci Editore
Cambridge University Press
Public health
Medicine and society
Disease and diseases
Rosenberg, Charles E.
Salk, Jonas Edward
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
17th century
United States
London (England)
World Health Organization (WHO)
European Association against Poliomyelitis

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