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Feverish Bodies, Enlightened MindsScience and the Yellow Fever Controversy in the Early American Republic$
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Thomas Apel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804797405

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804797405.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Feverish Bodies, Enlightened Minds
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Thomas A. Apel

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804797405.003.0001

The Introduction accentuates the depths of the problem of yellow fever, and it situates Feverish Bodies, Enlightened Minds in the relevant historiographies. Most works on yellow fever have focused on the devastating epidemic of 1793 and depicted the dispute about its cause as a familiar contest that pitted stale theories against each other. The Introduction suggests that episode reveals much more about knowledge construction than others have thought, and it argues specifically that the yellow fever controversy reflected prevailing ideological concerns of early republicans, including their concerns about political conflict, the direction of the republic, and the sanctity of religion at a time of turbulence.

Keywords:   knowledge construction, Thomas Kuhn, history of science, yellow fever, public sphere

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