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Food, Medicine and Institutional Life in the British Isles, c.1790-1900

Miller, Ian (2014) Food, Medicine and Institutional Life in the British Isles, c.1790-1900. In: Routledge History of Food. Routledge, pp. 200-219. ISBN 978-0415628471 [Book section]

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This essay explores two discrete, but inter-related, dimensions of modern food history: the medicalization of diet from the late-eighteenth century onwards and the development of new strategies of large-scale institutional feeding. From the late-eighteenth century, medical scientists began to analyse and comprehend food in new ways. Contemporaneously, state bodies in many western countries began using institutions to tackle problems such as insanity and crime. Food played a powerful role in structuring institutional experiences as this essay demonstrates by exploring historical case studies in the British Isles. This essay presents institutions as spaces where medico-scientific knowledge of food was produced, applied, tested and debated, particularly in the nineteenth century.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:history of asylum diet, history of prison diet, history of food in Ireland, history of food in Britain
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:30062
Deposited By: Dr Ian Miller
Deposited On:07 Sep 2014 12:01
Last Modified:07 Sep 2014 12:01

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