From Body to Community: Venereal Disease and Society in by Cristian Berco

By Cristian Berco

Known in early glossy Europe by means of many names – the French illness, the Bubas, and, finally, syphilis – the nice Pox used to be a prolonged illness that carried the stigma of sexuality and produced a gradual and painful loss of life. the most establishment which handled it, the pox sanatorium, has come all the way down to us as a stench-filled and overcrowded position that sought to regard the physique and reform the soul.

Using the only real surviving admissions booklet for Toledo, Spain’s clinic de Santiago, Cristian Berco reconstructs the lives of fellows and girls with the pox through tracing their reports ahead of, in the course of, and after their hospitalization. via an cutting edge mixture of clinical, institutional, and notarial assets, he explores the actual and social lives of the sufferers. What have been the social repercussions of dwelling with a shameful ailment? What did residing with this persistent affliction suggest for careers and networks, love and households, and daily relationships? From physique to Community is a textured research instantly touched by means of the ailment yet now not exclusively outlined through it.

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