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Imagining Illness
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Imagining Illness: Public Health and Visual Culture

David Serlin

Abstract

From seventeenth-century broadsides about the handling of dead bodies, printed during London’s plague years, to YouTube videos about preventing the transmission of STDs, public health advocacy and education has always had a powerful visual component. This book explores the diverse visual culture of public health, broadly defined, from the nineteenth century to the present. Chapters in this volume examine historical and contemporary visual practices—Chinese health fairs, documentary films produced by the World Health Organization, illness maps, fashions for nurses, and live surgery on the Inter ... More

Keywords: dead bodies, plague, YouTube, STDs, public health, visual culture, health fairs, documentary films, World Health Organization, Internet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816648221
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816648221.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Serlin, editor
Professor, Communication, UC San Diego

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