Imagining IllnessPublic Health and Visual Culture

Imagining IllnessPublic Health and Visual Culture

David Serlin

Print publication date: 2015

ISBN: 9780816648221

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press


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 Internet—in order to delve into the political and epidemiological contexts underlying their creation and dissemination.