Article ID: CBB761136113

Tuberculosis and Political Economy: Industrial Wealth and National Health in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, c. 1900–1940 (2018)


This article provides an historical assessment of the Luxembourgish anti-tuberculosis movement during the early decades of the twentieth century. It presents and discusses the widespread reflection on the economic burden of the disease deployed by the country’s leading medical and social actors, as well as the particularly important role played by local industrialists and associated circles in the fight against consumption and the main strategies and events of the ambitious health education campaigns launched in the interwar period. It is suggested that all these initiatives have to be understood against the background of different economic, social and even national requirements, that is, as a way of preserving and improving the labour force, solving the social conflicts associated with the changing conditions of the modern industrial world, and providing evidence of the small nation’s ability to face a major threat to its own legitimate existence among the civilised and progressive peoples of Europe.

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Authors & Contributors
Jones, Greta
Malcolm, Elizabeth
Waddington, Keir
Kelly, James G.
Geary, Laurence M.
Froggatt, Peter
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
History of Education
History of Science
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Social History of Medicine
British Journal for the History of Science
International Specialized Book Services
Rio de Janeiro, Editora Fiocruz
Duke University Press
Princeton University
York University (Canada)
University of California, Berkeley
Public health
Disease and diseases
Hospitals and clinics
Science and society
Wilde, Robert Willis
Galton, Francis
Shortt, Elizabeth Smith
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
18th century
17th century
20th century, late
20th century
United States
Great Britain
California (U.S.)
Royal Belfast Academical Institution
Catholic University of Ireland (Dublin)

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