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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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Preventing Fear and Panic: The 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition

Preventing Fear and Panic: The 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition

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Health and Medicine on Display

Julie K. Brown

The MIT Press

The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago was grander in scale than the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. In addition to the increased physical scale and administrative complexity, the Chicago exposition drew 27.5 million attendees compared to 9.5 million in 1876 and featured 65,000 exhibits, up from about 33,000 in 1876. This chapter examines how Chicago’s health problems related to disease, water, and sanitation affected the 1893 exposition. It considers the Medical Bureau’s expanded role in providing for exposition workers and visitors, as well as the efforts to prevent disease on the exposition site. Finally, it looks at selected examples of exhibits relating to health and medicine by commercial medical manufacturers, the Bureaus of Hygiene and Sanitation, Charities and Corrections, and the medical departments of the U.S. military.

Keywords:   1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, exhibits, disease, water, sanitation, Medical Bureau, health, medicine, military

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