Dangerous Sexualities: Medico-Moral Politics in England by Frank Mort

By Frank Mort

Risky Sexualities takes a glance at how our rules of health and wellbeing and sickness are associated with ethical and immoral notions of intercourse. starting within the 1830s, Frank Mort relates his social ancient narratives to the sexual offerings and chances dealing with us now.
This long-awaited moment variation has been completely up-to-date to incorporate new discussions of eugenics, race hygiene and social imperialism within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. With a brand new and prolonged bibliography, creation and illustrations, this moment version brings a vintage into the twenty first Century.

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7 Part One MORAL ENVIRONMENTALISM 1830–1860 1 CHOLERA Asiatic cholera, or cholera morbus, spread to Britain from India in a series of epidemics which engulfed much of Europe in the 1820s. The symptoms and the rapacity with which the disease struck must have been alarming even to a population used to the sight of typhus, scarlet fever and smallpox. The Central Board of Health issued a vivid description of the symptomatology: The attack of the disease in extreme cases is so sudden, that, from a state of apparent good health…an individual sustains as rapid a loss of bodily power as if he were suddenly struck down or poisoned; the countenance assuming a death-like appearance, the skin becoming cold….

Social medicine did not merely reflect pre-given class interests. Rather, through its theories of health and disease and systems of prevention, this discourse staked out the claims of a new domain of expertise. It was this specific regime of professional competence 19 DANGEROUS SEXUALITIES which not only validated the claims of an emergent group of experts, but also became critical to forms of social regulation. Sexual immorality and sexual disease were classic targets for these early medical campaigns.

3 These amounted to recommendations issued by the Board of Health authorising the creation of local boards, which were to be responsible for the monitoring and control of the disease. Beyond that there were a host of popular remedies, prayers and moral homilies administered by the local clergy. 4 The newly founded medical journal, the Lancet, along with other leading periodicals, carried numerous articles on the causes of cholera and the steps to be taken for prevention. Evidence was conflicting and contradictory, reflecting current medical divisions on the origins and transmission of disease.

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