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By Catherine J. Kudlick

Cholera terrified and interested nineteenth-century Europeans greater than the other smooth disorder. Its indicators have been ugly, its resources have been mysterious, and it tended to strike bad neighborhoods toughest. during this insightful cultural heritage, Catherine Kudlick explores the dynamics of sophistication family members via an research of the responses to 2 cholera epidemics in Paris.While Paris climbed towards the peak of its city and commercial development, outbreaks of the sickness ravaged the capital, one in 1832, the opposite in 1849. regardless of the similarity of the epidemics, the 1st outbreak used to be met with basic frenzy and much larger realization within the press, well known literature and private bills, whereas the second one was once greeted with relative silence. discovering no compelling facts for enhanced clinical wisdom, adjustments within the Paris setting, or desensitization of Parisians, Kudlick appears to the evolution of the French innovative culture and the emergence of the Parisian bourgeoisie for solutions.

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56 And even if officials had consciously sought to downplay the epidemic by relegating it to the back pages of newspapers, much of the news in the 1840s was still transmitted orally, particularly among the lower classes, who would be most likely to riot. 57 In fact, if the same popular attitude toward cholera had persisted from the first epidemic, it seems likely that the discrepancy between the official silence and the unofficial cures would itself have provoked major riots. Censorship, then, cannot account for the subdued response to the second epidemic either.

The only thing we know for sure is that the disease is new for us, its effects are terrible, its causes and mode of action impenetrable. 34 Influenced by traditions of Greek and Roman medicine, French doctors in the first part of the nineteenth century tended to see cholera as the result of an imbalance within the humors of the body as well as between the body and its environment. Oppositional relationships between moisture (wet/dry) and temperature (hot/cold) created a state that determined whether an individual was healthy.

Me to think critically, to delve into the most interesting conceptual issues, and to write with a clarity of purpose. My colleagues from graduate school and junior faculty lifenow intellectual playmates, conference buddies, and in several cases among my closest friendswere the best critics and champions I could ever hope for. Warm thanks to Andrew Aisenberg, Leora Auslander, David Barnes, Margie Beale, Rick Biernacki, Alice Bullard, Ian Burney, Josh Cole, Marianne Constable, Paul Friedland, Russ Geoffrey, Larry Glickman, Gabrielle Hecht, Anne Hyde, Sharon Marcus, Mary Odem, Charli Ornett, Lou Roberts, Lucy Salyer, Karen Sawislak, Sylvia Schafer, and Glennys Young.

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