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Health and Medicine on DisplayInternational Expositions in the United States, 1876-1904$
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Julie K. Brown

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026574

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026574.001.0001

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Judging the Progress of Sanitary Science

Judging the Progress of Sanitary Science

The 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition

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(p.11) 2 Judging the Progress of Sanitary Science
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Health and Medicine on Display
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Julie K. Brown

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026574.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the 1876 Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia and its significance for sanitary science in the United States. The sanitary movement, which arose following the devastations of the Civil War, advocated for hospitals, disease control, proper facilities for waste treatment, and pure water. It raised expectations for the 1876 exposition, which drew approximately ten million physicians who were in the city for three important medical events held concurrently with it: the American Medical Association’s annual meeting, the World’s Homoeopathic Convention, and the International Medical Congress. The chapter examines safety and health in Philadelphia and at the Centennial Exhibition, the establishment of an on-site medical bureau, exhibits showcasing commercial products on medicine and surgery, the exposition section of social economy, and displays by the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and Army Medical Department.

Keywords:   1876 Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, sanitary science, disease control, water, medical bureau, medicine, surgery, safety, health

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