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Feminizing Venereal Disease

The Body of the Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century Medical Discourse

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Mary Spongberg
      Pages 1-14
  3. Feminizing Syphilis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Mary Spongberg
      Pages 17-34
    3. Mary Spongberg
      Pages 35-60
  4. Regulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Mary Spongberg
      Pages 63-72
    3. Mary Spongberg
      Pages 73-84
    4. Mary Spongberg
      Pages 85-101
  5. The Question of Child Prostitution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Mary Spongberg
      Pages 105-126
    3. Mary Spongberg
      Pages 127-140
  6. Syphilis, Male Sexuality and Female Degeneration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Mary Spongberg
      Pages 143-159
    3. Mary Spongberg
      Pages 160-182
  7. Conclusion

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 196-231

About this book


In the late-eighteenth century all women were considered potentially infectious to men but by the early-twentieth century only certain women were considered vectors of disease. By focusing on representations of the prostitute in medical and legal discourse, art, literature and religion this book will chart these shifts, while at the same time exploring broader concerns about construction of femininity and masculinity, the protection of male sexual privilege and the impact of feminism and eugenics on medicine, the law and popular culture.


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