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Introduction; 1 Health and Habitat: Relationships between nature, settlement, dirt and health; 2 Margins, Miasma and Mud: Reducing the plasticity, marginality and putrefaction of settlement; 3 Guarding Bodily Boundaries: The city-body, poisons and pollution; 4 Disembodied Dirt: Dealing with excrement, seepage and the city as wilful sloven; 5 Public Bodies, Public Dirt: Corporeality and municipality - public baths, public toilets and workers with waste; 6 Sanitarian Surveillance: Inspecting Nuisances: Physical and moral pollution, and the interpretation of sanitary regulations; 7 Sanitarian Surveillance: The Revealing Gaze: Professional men, practical men and sanitary reports; 8 Revealing the Slum: Intersections of dirt, dwelling and depravity; 9: Bodies in Disorder and Decay; The hospital, the sick and the dead as sites of dirt; Conclusion; Bibliography

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Pamela Janet Wood is an associate professor at Victoria University. She is the author of New Directions in the History of Nursing and Nursing in New Zealand: Critical Issues, Different Perspectives


"This is an unexpected, confronting, but engaging style of history making." --Metascience

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