Book ID: CBB997329781

The English System: Quarantine, Immigration and the Making of a Port Sanitary Zone (2014)


The English System is a history of port health and immigration at a critical moment of transformation at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. During the later nineteenth century, British public health officials transformed the medieval quarantine system into a novel 'English System' of surveillance to control the introduction of infectious disease. This removed the much maligned hindrances of quarantine to high-speed international commerce and for maritime traffic through Britain's ports. At the same time, calls were made to restrict the arrival of increasing numbers of European immigrants and transmigrants. This book explores the tensions and transition in the regulation of port health from a paradigm focused on the origin of disease to one which converged on the origin of the diseased.

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Review Graham Mooney (2016) Review of "The English System: Quarantine, Immigration and the Making of a Port Sanitary Zone". Bulletin of the History of Medicine (pp. 167-168). unapi

Review Katherine Foxhall (2015) Review of "The English System: Quarantine, Immigration and the Making of a Port Sanitary Zone". Social History of Medicine (pp. 934-935). unapi

Review J. N. Hays (2015) Review of "The English System: Quarantine, Immigration and the Making of a Port Sanitary Zone". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 940-941). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Fairchild, Amy L.
Easton, Patricia
Lewis, Daniel
Stern, Alexandra Minna
Maglen, Krista
Rodriguez, Julia Emilia
Science in Context
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Hispanic American Historical Review
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Johns Hopkins University Press
Manchester University Press
Claremont Graduate University
The Claremont Graduate University
University of California Press
Public health
Emigration; immigration
Henry VIII, King of England
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
17th century
16th century
20th century, early
United States
Latin America
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Great Britain
United States. Public Health Service

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