Medicine, Morality, and Political Culture

Legislation on venereal disease in five Northern European countries, c. 1870 – c. 1995

Ida Blom

[T]his is a very valuable contribution to the historiography on public health and the welfare state, providing a much-needed comparative perspective on the development of social policy and legislation in the area of VD.

Journal of the History of Medicine

How did governments in the past act to stop the spread of venereal disease? Did legislation reflect medical opinion, and how did it treat the interests represented by women’s or homosexual organizations? How can similarities and differences in national legislation be explained?

In Medicine, morality, and political culture the celebrated historian Ida Blom analyses the political culture of five welfare states – the three social-democratic states of Scandinavia, the conservative German state, and the liberal British state – with a view to understanding how relations between the individual citizen and the state vary. Pointing to important differences between the Scandinavian countries, the book charts the interaction of medicine and sexual morality, indicating the influence – or lack of influence – of medical opinion, and the impact of debates about gender, sexuality, and religion on policies intended to combat venereal disease. Ida Blom identifies the far-reaching consequences of these policies, be they fresh solutions or repeats of past political decisions, and establishes their effectiveness in hindering the spread of disease.

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Ida Blom


Medicine, Morality, and Political Culture
TitelMedicine, Morality, and Political Culture: Legislation on venereal disease in five Northern European countries, c. 1870 – c. 1995
FörfattareIda Blom
Art. nr.4156
IllustreradSvartvita bilder
Pris219 kr