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The Resource Smell detectives : an olfactory history of nineteenth-century urban America, Melanie A. Kiechle

Smell detectives : an olfactory history of nineteenth-century urban America, Melanie A. Kiechle

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Smell detectives : an olfactory history of nineteenth-century urban America
Title
Smell detectives
Title remainder
an olfactory history of nineteenth-century urban America
Statement of responsibility
Melanie A. Kiechle
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Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
"What did nineteenth-century cities smell like? And how did odors matter in the formation of a modern environmental consciousness? Smell Detectives follows the nineteenth-century Americans who used their noses to make sense of the sanitary challenges caused by rapid urban and industrial growth. Melanie Kiechle examines nuisance complaints, medical writings, domestic advice, and myriad discussions of what constituted fresh air, and argues that nineteenth-century city dwellers, anxious about the air they breathed, attempted to create healthier cities by detecting and then mitigating the most menacing odors. Medical theories in the nineteenth century assumed that foul odors caused disease and that overcrowded cities--filled with new and stronger stinks--were synonymous with disease and danger. But the sources of offending odors proved difficult to pinpoint. The creation of city health boards introduced new conflicts between complaining citizens and the officials in charge of the air. Smell Detectives looks at the relationship between the construction of scientific expertise, on the one hand, and "common sense"--The olfactory experiences of common people--on the other. Although the rise of germ theory revolutionized medical knowledge and ultimately undid this form of sensory knowing, Smell Detectives recovers how city residents used their sense of smell and their health concerns about foul odors to understand, adjust to, and fight against urban environmental changes."--
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Kiechle, Melanie A
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QP458 .K54 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Weyerhaeuser environmental books
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  • Urban Health
  • Smell
  • Odorants
  • Air Pollution
  • Cities
  • Urbanization
  • Industrial Development
  • History, 19th Century
  • United States
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Smell detectives : an olfactory history of nineteenth-century urban America, Melanie A. Kiechle
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-322) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1712029
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 331 pages
Isbn
9780295741932
Lccn
2016048034
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)963913537
Label
Smell detectives : an olfactory history of nineteenth-century urban America, Melanie A. Kiechle
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-322) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1712029
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 331 pages
Isbn
9780295741932
Lccn
2016048034
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)963913537

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