Rethinking Vaccination through Eula Biss’s On Immunity

Last week we explored the weird and wonderful world of eighteenth-century inoculation pamphlets and the stories they contain, trying to puzzle out how it was that this experimental technique in the 1720s galvanized thinking around the functioning of what we today refer to as the immune system. I’ve struggled somewhat with this week’s blog because…

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Health Humanities and the Immune System as Public Text

The Health Humanities is a field of study that invites us to question everything, from the way our bodies are read by medical authorities, to how disease is itself constructed in the popular imagination. As an area, Health Humanities opens up perspectives on health and medicine that too often remain uninterrogated,  and are too often…

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