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A flat past? History, environment, topography, and medicine

Waddington, Keir ORCID: 2021. A flat past? History, environment, topography, and medicine. Modern and Contemporary France 29 (3) , pp. 115-129. 10.1080/09639489.2020.1868416

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This article uses topography to explore connections between environmental and medical perspectives in France between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. Drawing on examples from rural public hygiene, it addresses how physical and human geography in rural environments affected health and medicine, raising questions about how the topography of a landscape influenced medical responses to the environment. Rather than returning to the idea of the environment as a constraint on possible paths in History, it re-examines the health connotations of the French countryside before turning to the lesser-known terrain of how a locale’s topography informed efforts to regulate the relationship between medicine, society, and nature. The article argues that greater sensitivity to how people were influenced by the nature of local topographies helps historians think in different ways about embodied local geographies and their role in medicin.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DC France
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 0963-9489
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 December 2020
Date of Acceptance: 21 December 2020
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 14:31

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