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Author Name:    ETTLING, John

Title:   Germ of Laziness : Rockefeller Philanthropy and Public Health in the New South. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass./ London, 1981, ISBN:0674349903 

Seller ID:   110393

ETTLING, John. The Germ of Laziness : Rockefeller Philanthropy and Public Health in the New South. Cambridge, Mass. / London : Harvard University Press, 1981. First Edition. Pp (6),[vii]-x,(4),[1]-263,(3). Index. 8vo, orange cloth, brown lettering to spine. "This award-winning first book chronicles the formation and five-year history of the Roclefeller Sanitary Commission for the Eradication of Hookworm Disease and its fightb aganst the debilitating parasite, "the germ of laziness," that, by the early years of the twentieth century, afflicted nearly 40 percent of our Southern population. The Sanitary Commission was not John D. Rockefeller's first philanthropic venture, and certainly not his most ambitious;,it was, however, one of his more interesting creations, later becoming the prototype for the Rockefeller Foundation's early public health programs around the world. Ettling skillfully places this medical concern in the context of the history of public health and education and against the large backdrop of A,ericanm reform the progressive years. He offers a glimpse into the conditions of life in the rural South at the beginning of this century and shows how the Commission formed an institutional bridge between an essentially individualistic, evangelical world and a modern bureaucratic one. His insightful descriptions of the personalities and backgrounds of the handful of men responsible for the Commission's formation and management bring to light the evangelical roots that this ostensibly scientific undertaking rested upon. In a broader sense, thisstudy is concerned with the peculiar interweaving of innovation and tradit ion that marked retorm movements in the Progressive Era." (from th dj)., Contents : . Prologue. Part I - Man's Medicine, God's Money. 1. Charles Wardell Stiles: From Minister's Son to Medical Scientist. 2. The Scientist as Lone Evangelist. 3. Frederick T. Gates and the Business of Benevolence. 4. Philanthropy for the Ages. Part II - The Rockefeller Sanitary Commission. 5. Wickliffe Rose Launches the Sanitary Commission. 6. Making the Idea Fashionable. 7. The Days of Galilee: The Dispensary as Revival. 8. "Henceforth ThyField Is the World": From Sanitary Commission to Rockefeller Foundation. E pilogue.. Penned name to front endpaper, penned note to rear endpaper, elsevery good in worn and torn dustjacket. 50.00


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