LA BERGE, Ann F.
Title: Mission and Method : The Early-Nineteenth-Century French Public Health Movement. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1992, ISBN:0521404061
Seller ID: 110819
LA BERGE, Ann F. Mission and Method : The Early-Nineteenth-Century French Public Health Movement. (Cambridge) : Cambridge University Press, (1992). First Edition. Pp (8),[vii]-xviii,-376,(4). Illustrated. 8vo, black cloth,gilt lettering to spine. "In Mission and Method Ann La Berge traces the de velopment of the French public health movement within the sociopolitical context of early-nineteenth-century France. Examining the community of hygienists that gathhered on the Paris health council, La Berge shows how their competing ideologies - liberalism, conservatism, socialism, statism - fathered a movement that inspired and informed similar movements elsewhere, especially in Britain. She shows how the dialectic between liberalism, whose leading exponent was Villermé, and statism, the approach of Parent-Duchatelet.characterized the movement and reflecteed the tension between liberal and social medicine that permeated nineteenth-century French medical discourse.Operating within the context of scientism, according to which any area of investigation could and should be made empirical and statistical, French public hygygienists sought to create a scientific discipline of public hygiene. If their method was scientific, the mission behind the method was hygienism, which La Berge characterizes as a medical imperialism that aimed to medicalize and moralize the society in the name of public order and national security. Ultimately, the public health movement was an Establishment movement, operated within state-supported institutions, professionalized as a scientific discipline, and piloted by hygienists who realized their notions of public health through the administrative machinery and the monopoly of discourse in their possession." (from the dj). Contents : Preface. Introduction. I. Community, method, context. 1. Public health and the community of hygienists. 2. The methodology of public hygiene. 3. The context of public hygiene: national public health policy. II. Carrying out the mission: Institutionalization, investigation, moralization, and practical reform. 4. Institutionalization: the health councils. 5. Investigation and moralization: occupational hygiene and industrialization. 6. Investigation and practical reform: public health in Paris. 7. Public health in Paris: investigation, salubrity, and social welfare. III. Public health before Pasteur. 8. Public health and public health movements: comparison and assessment. 9. Before Pasteur: hygienism and the French model of public health. Epilogue. Appendixes. Penned notes to rear endpaper, else very good in dustjacket. 35.00