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Medicine At The Border
Disease, Globalization and Security, 1850 to the Present
Edited by Alison Bashford
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
 
31 Oct 2006
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The threat of global pandemic disease is currently mobilizing experts, governments, and the exploding industry in 'security'; and yet, this has all happened before. Medicine at the Border explores the pressing issues of border control and infectious disease in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The book places world health in world history, microbes and their management in globalization, and disease in the history of international relations, bringing together leading scholars on the history and politics of global health. The authors show how infectious disease has been central to the political, legal and commercial history of nationalism, colonialism and internationalism over the modern period.


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The threat of global pandemic disease is currently mobilizing experts, governments, and the exploding industry in 'security'; and yet, this has all happened before. Medicine at the Border explores the pressing issues of border control and infectious disease in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The book places world health in world history, microbes and their management in globalization, and disease in the history of international relations, bringing together leading scholars on the history and politics of global health. The authors show how infectious disease has been central to the political, legal and commercial history of nationalism, colonialism and internationalism over the modern period.


Reviews


'The examples of HIV/AIDS, SARS, and, more recently, bird flu illustrate how societies have been riven by fear of the threat of epidemic disease. This book helps us make sense of the place of disease control in a globalized world. It shows how, historically, national, colonial, international and global issues have been enmeshed in the development of modern public health responses. It demonstrates the connections between nationalism and the use of the 'hygienic shield' of border regulation. I can recommend it to all those who want an informed analysis of the historical roots of current concerns about global pandemics.' - Professor Virginia Berridge, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London
 

'These wide-ranging and probing essays are an essential guide to the new and sometimes frightening world of biocommunication, biopreparedness and biosecuirty. Together they reveal the larger biological and microbial dimensions of globalization and outline a telling post-colonial critique of the contemporary politics of national and international health.' - Professor Warwick Anderson, University of Wisconsin, author of Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines
 

'Without denying or erasing the changes that have taken place in public health and border medicine over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries, Medicine at the Border: Disease, Globalization and Security, 1850 to the Present thus closes the circle, and finds a balance between documenting the distinctive features of contemporary medicalized borders and reminding scholars and policy-makers alike that they have deep roots and unintended consequences we cannot afford to ignore.' - Roberta Bivins, Reviews in History (Institute of Historical Research)
 
'This book is a pioneering contribution to the history of medicine and public health in Tunisia and to colonial medicine in general and will become an indispensable source for future researchers. The author is to be congratulated.' - Nancy Gallagher, Medical History


Contents

Introduction: 'The Age of Universal Contagion': Disease, History and Globalization; A.Bashford
PART I: WORLD HEALTH: COLONIAL AND NATIONAL HISTORIES
Civilizing the State: Borders, Weak States and International Health in Modern Europe; P.Zylberman
Yellow Fever Crusade: US Colonialism, Tropical Medicine, and the International Politics of Mosquito Control, 1900-20; A.M.Stern
WHO-led or WHO-managed? Re-assessing the Smallpox Eradication Programme in India, 1960-80; S.Bhattacharya
The World Health Organisation and the Transition from 'International' to 'Global' Health; T.M.Brown, M.Cueto & E.Fee
PART II: NATIONAL SECURITY: MIGRATION, TERRITORY AND BORDER REGULATION
Where is the Border? Turberculosis Screening in the United Kingdom and Australia, 1950-2000; I.Convery, J.Welshman & A.Bashford
Medical Humanitarianism in and beyond France: Breaking Down or Patrolling Borders?; M.Ticktin
Screening out Diseased Bodies: Immigration, Mandatory HIV Testing, and the Making of a Healthy Canada; R.Mawani
Passports and Pestilence: Migration, Security and Contemporary Border Control of Infectious Diseases; R.J.Coker & A.Ingram
PART III: GLOBALIZATION: DETERRITORIALIZED HEALTH?
Drawing the Lines: Danger and Risk in the Age of SARS; C.Hooker
Biosecurity: Friend or Foe for Public Health Governance?; D.P.Fidler
Postcard from Plaguetown: SARS and the Exoticisation of Toronto; C.Strange
The Geopolitics of Global Public Health Surveillance in the Twenty-First Century; L.Weir & E.Mykhalovskiy


Authors

ALISON BASHFORD is a Medical Historian based at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has published on the history of public health and colonialism in the modern period, and on gender and medicine. Books include Imperial Hygiene (2004), Purity and Pollution: Gender, Embodiment and Victorian Medicine (1998) and Isolation: Places and Practices of Exclusion, co-edited with Carolyn Strange (2003). Her current projects are an intellectual history of the problem of world population in the first half of the twentieth century and an international history of eugenics, to be edited with Philippa Levine.