David S. Barnes

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David S. Barnes is an Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science and Director of the Health and Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a historian specializing in public health issues of Third Republic France. He argues that the development of public health in nineteenth-century France is best understood in terms of the integration of scientific hypotheses into the generally accepted cultural, social and economic frameworks. His books, both by leading academic publishers, have been reviewed by prestigious journals.


Books (with selected reviews)[edit]

  • Barnes, David S., The Making of a Social Disease: Tuberculosis in Nineteenth-Century France; University of California Press, 1995. ISBN 978-0-520-08772-9 in 606 WorldCat libraries [1]
  • Barnes, David S., The Great Stink of Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Struggle against Filth and Germs; The Johns Hopkins University Press; Oxford University Press, 2006 ISBN 978-0-8018-8349-1 held in 339 WorldCat libraries [3]
    • Review by B. Gastel - 9 Nov, 2006 New England Journal of Medicine 355 (19): 2051 november 9, 2006.[4]
    • Review: by Ann F La Berge JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association 297, no. 19, (2007): 2144[5]
    • Review: by H Pennington Science (magazine) 313, no. 5794, (September 22, 2006): 1740
    • Review: by Margaret K. Hostetter .Journal of Clinical Investigation. 116(11): 2835-2835 (2006).[6]
    • Review by Elizabeth A Williams Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 63, no. 1 (2008): 117-119
    • Review: by R Lethbridge Journal of European Studies. 2007; 37: 200-202 [7](subscription required)
    • Review: by O Amsterdamska Isis (journal) 98, no. 3, (2007): 638 [8]
    • Review: by Hope Christiansen The French review. 81, no. 4, (2008): 801 [9]
    • Review by S Sauget. Revue d'histoire moderne et contemporaine , 55, no. 1, (2008): 215-216


  • "Wald, Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative". The Journal of American History. 96, no. 2: 589-.
  • Contagion: Disease, Government, and the Social Question in Nineteenth-Century France (Review)". Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. 55, no. 3: 316-318.
  • Barnes, David S (2002). "Scents and Sensibilities: Disgust and the Meanings of Odors in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris". Historical Reflections. Réflexions Historiques. 28 (1): 21.