Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History
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Framing Animals as Epidemic Villains

Histories of Non-Human Disease Vectors

Editors: Lynteris, Christos (Ed.)

  • Explores historical perspectives on non-human hosts and vectors of disease, exploring how the framing of animals as ‘epidemic villains’ has shaped medicine and public health
  • Chapters cover a range of human-animal interactions across a number of regions and diseases
  • Shows how our understanding of animals as carriers and causes of disease result from entangled ethical, aesthetic, epistemological and political ideas
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This book takes a historical and anthropological approach to understanding how non-human hosts and vectors of diseases are understood, at a time when emerging infectious diseases are one of the central concerns of global health. The volume critically examines the ways in which animals have come to be framed as ‘epidemic villains’ since the turn of the nineteenth century. Providing epistemological and social histories of non-human epidemic blame, as well as ethnographic perspectives on its recent manifestations, the essays explore this cornerstone of modern epidemiology and public health alongside its continuing importance in today’s world. Covering diverse regions, the book argues that framing animals as spreaders and reservoirs of infectious diseases – from plague to rabies to Ebola – is an integral aspect not only to scientific breakthroughs but also to the ideological and biopolitical apparatus of modern medicine. As the first book to consider the impact of the image of non-human disease hosts and vectors on medicine and public health, it offers a major contribution to our understanding of human-animal interaction under the shadow of global epidemic threat.

About the authors

Christos Lynteris is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, UK. A medical anthropologist investigating epistemological, biopolitical, and visual aspects of infectious disease epidemics, he is the author of The Spirit of Selflessness in Maoist China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) Ethnographic Plague (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), and co-author with Lukas Engelmann of Sulphuric Utopias: The History of Maritime Sanitation (forthcoming, 2020).

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eBook $64.99
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  • Due: December 3, 2019
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Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-26794-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Framing Animals as Epidemic Villains
Book Subtitle
Histories of Non-Human Disease Vectors
Editors
  • Christos Lynteris
Series Title
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26795-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26795-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26794-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 247
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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