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The modern epidemic : a history of tuberculosis in Japan / William Johnston
Bib ID 2359933
Format BookBook
Author
Johnston, William, 1955-
 
Description Cambridge, Mass. : Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University : Distributed by Harvard University Press, 1995 
xvii, 432 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0674579127 (hardback)
Series

Harvard East Asian monographs ; 162.

Summary

Through a historical and comparative analysis of modern Japan's epidemic of tuberculosis, William Johnston illuminates a major but relatively unexamined facet of Japanese social and cultural history: the history of the tuberculosis epidemic. He utilizes a broad range of sources, including medical journals and monographs, archaeological evidence, literary works, ethnographic data, and legal and government documents to reveal how this and similar epidemics have been the result of social changes that accompanied the process of modernization.

Full contents
  • Prologue: Epidemics in History
  • Pt. 1. The Disease and the Epidemic. 1. What is Tuberculosis? 2. Prelude to a Plague. 3. The Epidemic: Peak, Plateau, and Decline
  • Pt. 2. The Cultural Logic of a Disease. 4. Tuberculosis as an Object of Stigma. 5. Tuberculosis in Modern Japanese Literature
  • Pt. 3. State and Medicine: The Dialectics of Control. 6. State Hygiene in Meiji Japan. 7. The Promise of Medical Science. 8. The Disease as Outlaw: 1900-1920. 9. The State Takes Control
  • Epilogue: Health, The State, and The Modern Epidemic
  • Appendix: Mortality Statistics for Consumption and Tuberculosis in Japan, 1886-1989.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 371-412) and index.

Subjects Tuberculosis -- Japan -- History -- 19th century.  |  Tuberculosis -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.

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