By Sean M. Quinlan

This publication experiences how medical professionals answered to - and contributed to shaping - deep-seated fears approximately frightened degeneracy and inhabitants decline in France among 1750 and 1850. It uncovers a wealthy and far-ranging clinical debate during which 4 generations of hygiene activists used biomedical technology to remodel the self, sexuality and neighborhood as a way to regenerate a ill and decaying state; a programme medical professionals labelled 'physical and ethical hygiene'. additionally, it really is proven how medical professionals imparted biomedical principles and language that allowed lay humans to make feel of usually bewildering socio-political alterations, thereby giving them a feeling of business enterprise and keep watch over over those occasions. Combining a chronological and thematic process, the six chapters during this publication hint how medical professionals begun their clinical campaign throughout the heart of the Enlightenment, how this activism flowered in the course of the French Revolution, and the way they then revised their perspectives through the interval of post-revolutionary response. The examine concludes via arguing that drugs received an remarkable political, social and cultural place in French society, with medical professionals changing into the first spokesmen for bourgeois values, and hence helped to outline the recent global that emerged from the post-revolutionary interval.

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