Health and the Modern Home explores shifting and contentious debates about the impact of the domestic environment on health in the modern period. Drawing on recent scholarship, contributors expose the socio-political context in which the physical and emotional environment of "the modern home" and "family" became implicated in the maintenance of health and in the aetiology and pathogenesis of diverse psychological and physical conditions. In addition, they critically analyze the manner in which the expression and articulation of medical concerns about the domestic environment served to legitimate particular political and ideological positions.
Table of Contents
1. `Home sweet home’: historical perspectives on health and the home, Mark Jackson Part One Emotional health and the home 2. `A Bill of Divorcement’: theatrical and cinematic portrayals of mental and marital breakdown in a dysfunctional upper-middle-class family, 1921-31, Michael J. Clark 3. Desperate housewives and model amoebae: the invention of suburban neurosis in inter-war Britain, Rhodri Hayward 4. Anne Sexton’s poetics of the suburbs, Jo Gill 5. Housewives, neuroses and the domestic environment in Britain, 1945-70, Ali Haggett 6. `I thought you would want to come and see his home’: child guidance and psychiatric social work in inter-war period Britain, John Stewart 7. Rabbits and rebels: the medicalisation of maladjusted children in mid-twentieth-century Britain, Sarah Hayes 8. `Allergy con amore’: psychosomatic medicine and the `asthmogenic home’ in the mid-twentieth century, Mark Jackson Part Two Housing, health and home 9. `Skeletons in the medicine closet’: women and `rational consumption’ in the inter-war American home, Nancy Tomes 10. The home fires: heat, health and atmospheric pollution in Britain, 1900-45, Stephen Mosley 11. Coal, clean air and the regulation of the domestic hearth in post-war Britain, Catherine Mills 12. Cockroaches, housing, and race: a history of asthma and urban ecology in America, Gregg Mitman 13. Social science, housing and the debate over transmitted deprivation, John Welshman 14. The home as environment: changing understandings from the history of childhood lead poisoning, John Burnham 15. Into the mouths of babes: hyperactivity, food additives, and the reception of the Feingold diet, Matthew Smith Contributors Index
Mark Jackson is Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of New-Born Child Murder (Manchester, 1996), The Borderland of Imbecility (Manchester, 2000), and Allergy: The History of a Modern Malady (London, 2006).