Germs and Governance

Germs and Governance The Past, Present and Future of Hospital Infection, Prevention and Control - Social Histories of Medicine

1st edition

Hardback (02 Mar 2021) | English

Save $14.02

  • $116.82
  • $102.80

Includes delivery to USA


This book brings together leading historians, practitioners and policy makers to consider the past, present and future of hospital infection control. Combining historical case-studies with practitioner experiences, this volume offers a new understanding of the emergence of theories of germ transmission and containment and how these theories played out in real-world environments, networks and professional organisations. Exploring the historical context in which technologies like gloves were developed and popularised, as well as how relationships between communities and hospitals, doctors and nurses, and the emerging role of hospital bacteriologists have shaped infection control practices, the collection emphasises the diverse contexts in which ideas about germs, infection and safety circulated. The volume addresses the historical neglect of the critical role of nurses in infection control, arguing that nurses represent a touchstone for understanding the development and success of infection control measures. Transcending the linear narratives of discovery, milestones and prominent figures found in earlier accounts of hospital infection, this interdisciplinary collection makes use of a variety of methodological approaches, including health services research, historical analysis, and economic, sociological and anthropological exploration of key words, concepts and attitudes.

About the Publisher

Manchester University Press

Manchester University Press

Founded in 1904, MUP is the third largest University Press in England and publishes monographs and textbooks by authors from all over the world. Currently publishing 145 new books a year and managing a portfolio of 14 journals as well as an extensive backlist of over 1000 titles, the Press sells more than 150,000 books each year to a global audience. The Press exports some 50 percent of output to more than 60 countries using representatives in Britain, Ireland and Europe and agents elsewhere including North America, Canada and Australia.

Book information

ISBN: 9781526140784
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
Edition: 1st edition
Language: English
Number of pages: 280
Weight: -1g
Height: 216mm
Width: 138mm