Brisbane Diseased: Contagions, Cures and Controversy
In July 2015 the Brisbane History Group Seminar held at the Marks-Hirschfeld Museum of Medical History, and was titled “Brisbane Diseased”.
Through the collection of articles included in this book, you’ll discover the fascinating history of disease in Brisbane and its surrounds. Written by doctors, academics and others with special expertise in medical history, the chapters look at the controversies arising out of urban contagion and the various attempts to cure them.
Covering everything from quarantining early immigrants, to phone cancer cures, the Spanish flu and bubonic plague, medical corset and even an unorthodox treatment of infantile paralysis. This is a side of history often not thought of.
1. Diseases come and go: Combating disease in the Moreton Bay settlement and early Brisbane
2. Protecting Brisbane: Health officers and maritime quarantine in pre-separation Queensland
3. Sex, women and the venereal, Brisbane, 1859-1911
(Gerald Hugo Ree)
4. Lead poisoning in Queensland
(Michael John Thearle)
5. The black death in Brisbane: Researching and writing a historical novel for children, The ratcatcher’s daughter
6. Dr Thomas Pennington Lucas and plague denial: “More terrible than war!”
7. Medical treatment of alcoholism in turn-of- the-century Brisbane
8. When ‘Spanish flu’ came to Brisbane
(Helen V. Smith)
9. Last of the great childhood plagues: Queensland’s polio experience
10. Art, healing and local native medicinal plants of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)
11. Prosecuting medical quakery: Foreign practitioners, pseudo-medicine and cancer cures
12. Guardians of women’s health: Corsetieres and the medicalisation of corsetry
13. Sister Elizabeth Kenny: A prophet unrecognised?
14. Well! Where will I put the b***** thing? The battle to upgrade the Brisbane city morgue?
Media: BOOK – paperback, 164 pages
Editor: A. Piper
Other: b&w photos, abbreviations, bibliog, index
Publisher: Brisbane History Group
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