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Title Purity and pollution : gender, embodiment, and Victorian medicine / Alison Bashford.
Imprint Basingstoke : Macmillan, 1998.


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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 188 pages) : illustrations, facsimiles.
Series Studies in gender history
Studies in gender history.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-181) and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject Social medicine -- History -- 19th century.
Human body -- Social aspects -- History -- 19th century.
Women in medicine -- History -- 19th century.
Sex role -- History -- 19th century.
Gender identity -- History -- 19th century.
Feminist theory.
Social Medicine -- England -- History.
Feminism -- England -- History.
History of Medicine, 19th Cent. -- England.
Human Body -- England.
Role -- England.
Women -- England -- History.
Genre Electronic books.
Contents 1 Sanitising Spaces: The Body and the Domestic in Public Health 1 -- 2 Female Bodies at Work: Narratives of the 'Old' Nurse and the 'New' Nurse 21 -- 3 'Disciplines of the Flesh': Sexuality, Religion and the Modern Nurse 41 -- 4 Pathologising the Practitioner: Puerperal Fever in the 1860s 63 -- 5 Feminising Medicine: The Gendered Politics of Health 85 -- 6 Dissecting the Feminine: Women Doctors and Dead Bodies in the Late Nineteenth Century 107 -- 7 Sterile Bodies: Germs and the Gendered Practitioner 127.
Summary Like medical knowledge and practice itself, most medical histories are fascinated with the bodies of patients. Bashford examines practitioners of medicine, as well as patients, as embodied and sexed subjects. She brings together recent cultural and feminist theories on the body, nineteenth-century medical history, and the history of gender and Victorian feminism. Purity and Pollution is a cultural history which investigates the ways in which many different practitioners - male and female doctors, nurses, midwives, accoucheurs - were implicated in a discourse and a material practice inescapably about the pure and the polluted. What were the cultural meanings embodied by these practitioners? How did doctors think about themselves: as fleshly and tactile, as carrying a contagion, or as being immune to contagion? How did nurses conceptualize and enact that cleanliness so insistently impressed upon their very bodies and morals, as well as their wards and homes? In what ways did the medical gaze turn inwards?
Other Title Print version: Bashford, Alison, 1963- Purity and pollution. Basingstoke : Macmillan, 1998 0333682483