Hardback
October 15, 2019
9781421409719
English
352
137087
10
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
1.10 Inches (US)
$54.95 USD, £40.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference
Electronic book text
October 15, 2019
9781421409726
9781421409719
English
352
137087
10
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
$54.95 USD, £40.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Mad Dogs and Other New Yorkers

Rabies, Medicine, and Society in an American Metropolis, 1840–1920

Rabies enjoys a fearsome and lurid reputation. Throughout the decades of spiraling growth that defined New York City from the 1840s to the 1910s, the bone-chilling cry of "Mad dog!" possessed the power to upend the ordinary routines and rhythms of urban life. In Mad Dogs and Other New Yorkers, Jessica Wang examines the history of this rare but dreaded affliction during a time of rapid urbanization.

Focusing on a transformative era in medicine, politics, and urban society, Wang uses rabies to survey urban social geography, the place of domesticated animals in the nineteenth-century city, and the world of American medicine. Rabies, she demonstrates, provides an ideal vehicle for exploring physicians' ideas about therapeutics, disease pathology, and the body as well as the global flows of knowledge and therapeutics. Beyond the medical realm, the disease also illuminates the cultural fears and political contestations that evolved in lockstep with New York City's burgeoning cityscape.

Mad Dogs and Other New Yorkers offers lay readers and specialists alike the opportunity to contemplate a tumultuous domain of people, animals, and disease against a backdrop of urban growth, medical advancement, and social upheaval. The result is a probing history of medicine that details the social world of New York physicians, their ideas about a rare and perplexing disorder, and the struggles of an ever-changing, ever-challenging urban society.

About the Author

Jessica Wang is an associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of American Science in an Age of Anxiety: Scientists, Anticommunism, and the Cold War.

Endorsement

"Thoroughly researched, analytically sophisticated, and well written. The stories are rich and fascinating."

- Michael Worboys, The University of Manchester, coauthor of The Invention of the Modern Dog: Breed and Blood in Victorian Britain
Johns Hopkins University Press
Animals, History, Culture
From 17

9781421409719 : mad-dogs-and-other-new-yorkers-wang
Hardback
October 15, 2019
$54.95 USD
9781421409726 : mad-dogs-and-other-new-yorkers-wang
Electronic book text
October 15, 2019
$54.95 USD

Other Titles from Animals, History, Culture

The Invention of the Modern Dog

Michael Worboys, Julie-Marie Strange, and Neil Pemberton
Oct 2018 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$39.95 USD - Hardback
$39.95 USD - Electronic book text

Spark from the Deep

William J. Turkel
Jul 2013 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$37.95 USD - Hardback
$37.95 USD - Electronic book text

Entertaining Elephants

Susan Nance
Feb 2013 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$58.00 USD - Hardback
$58.00 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)

Baltimore Lives

John Clark Mayden
Oct 2019 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$29.95 USD - Hardback

Baltimore

Matthew A. Crenson
Oct 2019 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$44.95 USD - Hardback
$44.95 USD - Electronic book text
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The Secret History of the Jersey Devil

Brian Regal and Frank J. Esposito
Jul 2019 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$24.95 USD - Hardback
$24.95 USD - Electronic book text
$18.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in History of the Americas

The Genealogical Sublime

Julia Creet
Jan 2020 - University of Massachusetts Press
$90.00 USD - Hardback
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Contested and Dangerous Seas

Colin J. Davis
Jan 2020 - University of Massachusetts Press
$90.00 USD - Hardback
$28.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Experimental

Natalia Cecire
Dec 2019 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$99.95 USD - Hardback
$34.95 USD - Electronic book text
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback