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Author Kiechle, Melanie A., author.

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

Publication Info. Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2017]


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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 331 pages) : illustrations, maps.
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Series Weyerhaeuser environmental books
Weyerhaeuser environmental book.
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."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; Foreword; Acknowledgments; INTRODUCTION: What's That Smell?; ONE The Smells of Sick Cities; TWO Navigating by Nose: Common Sense and Responses to Urban Odors; THREE Smells like Home: Odors in the Domestic Environment; FOUR The Stenches of Civil War; FIVE Smelling Committees and Authority over City Air; SIX Learning to Smell Again: Managing the Air between the Civil War and Germ Theory; SEVEN Visualizing Vapors and Seeing Smells; EIGHT Dirty Cities, Smelly Bodies: City Odors after Germ Theory; CONCLUSION: If You Smell Something, Say Something.
Subject Smell -- History -- 19th century.
Odors -- History -- 19th century.
Smell -- Environmental aspects -- History -- 19th century.
Urban health.
MEDICAL -- Physiology.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Human Anatomy & Physiology.
Odors. (OCoLC)fst01043912
Smell. (OCoLC)fst01121562
Urban health. (OCoLC)fst01162445
Olfactory Perception.
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century.
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title Olfactory history of nineteenth-century urban America
Other Form: Print version: Kiechle, Melanie A. Smell detectives. Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2017] 9780295741932 (DLC) 2016048034 (OCoLC)963913537
ISBN 9780295741949 (electronic bk.)
0295741945 (electronic bk.)
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