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Morbid Undercurrents: Medical Subcultures in Postrevolutionary France

Sean M. Quinlan


This book follows how medical ideas, stemming from the so-called birth of the clinic, zigzagged across the intellectual landscape of the French Revolution and its aftermath. It was a remarkable “hotspot” in the historical timeline, when doctors and scientists pioneered a staggering number of fields — from forensic investigation to evolutionary biology — and their innovations captivated the public imagination. During the 1790s and beyond, medicine left the somber halls of universities, hospitals, and learned societies and became profoundly politicized, inspiring a whole panoply of different — o ... More

Keywords: French Revolution, forensic investigation, evolutionary biology, medicine, post-revolutionary Paris, physiological medicine, French society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501758331
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501758331.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean M. Quinlan, author
University of Idaho