Lecture Description

Nineteenth-century rabies remedies ran the gamut from chemical treatments to herbal remedies, folk treatments such as the application of madstones, and alternative therapies derived from the water cure. This lecture will decode the workings of nineteenth-century therapeutics and explore their cultural underpinnings. Rabies remedies shed light on the challenges of specialized knowledge within a democratic political culture, problems of trust and discerning judgment in an urbanizing world of strangers, and the trade in plant derivatives that tied medical therapeutics to global imperialism.



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