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Author Zeheter, Michael, author

Title Epidemics, empire, and environments : Cholera in Madras and Quebec City, 1818-1910 / Michael Zeheter
Published Pittsburgh, PA : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 325 pages)
Series History of the urban environment
History of the urban environment.
Contents Acknowledgments; Introduction: Cholera and the Colonial State in Urban Environments; Part I. First Encounters; 1. Strategies of Treatment: Madras, 1818-1833; 2. Strategies of Control: Quebec City, 1832-1834; Part II. Integrating Sanitation; 3. Frequent Visitations: Quebec City, 1840-1854; 4. The Advent of Sanitarianism: Madras, 1840-1857; 5. Sanitary Consensus at Last: Madras, 1858-1883; Part III. Bacteriology and the Promise of Clarity; 6. Finding the Comma Bacillus: Bacteriology in Madras and Quebec City, 1865-1910
Conclusion: The Colonial State and the Elusive Consensus Regarding CholeraNotes; Bibliography; Index
Summary "Michael Zeheter offers a probing case study of the environmental changes made to fight cholera in two markedly different British colonies: Madras in India and Quebec City in Canada. He examines the complex political and economic factors that came to bear on the reshaping of each colony's environment and the urgency placed on disease control"-- Provided by publisher
"Throughout the nineteenth century, cholera was a global scourge against human populations. Practitioners had little success in mitigating the symptoms of the disease, and its causes were bitterly disputed. What experts did agree on was that the environment played a crucial role in the sites where outbreaks occurred. In this book, Michael Zeheter offers a probing case study of the environmental changes made to fight cholera in two markedly different British colonies: Madras in India and Quebec City in Canada. The colonial state in Quebec aimed to emulate British precedent and develop similar institutions that allowed authorities to prevent cholera by imposing quarantines and controlling the disease through comprehensive change to the urban environment and sanitary improvements. In Madras, however, the provincial government sought to exploit the colony for profit and was reluctant to commit its resources to measures against cholera that would alienate the city's inhabitants. It was only in 1857, after concern rose in Britain over the health of its troops in India, that a civilizing mission of sanitary improvement was begun. As Zeheter shows, complex political and economic factors came to bear on the reshaping of each colony's environment and the urgency placed on disease control"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-314) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Cholera -- Environmental aspects.
Cholera -- Canada -- History -- 19th century.
Cholera -- India -- History -- 19th century.
Cholera -- India -- Madras (District) -- History.
Cholera -- Québec (Province) -- Québec -- History.
Epidemics -- Canada.
Epidemics -- India.
Cholera.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0822981041 (electronic bk.)
9780822981046 (electronic bk.)