"The major strength of this monograph is the remarkable number of subdisciplines to which it speaks. As the book is primarily pitched as a history of science, it will of course be of interest to historians of science and medicine. And, naturally, it should be considered essential reading to labor historians for its insights into workers everyday lives. But this is only the tip of the iceberg of subdisciplines from which scholars should be eager to get hold of this book. Germs in the English Workplace offers content of interest for historians of education, women and gender, material culture and empire, and many more, and it has a rich potential to attract readers from outside academia." - Katie Carpenter, Journal of British Studies
Laura Newman is currently Postdoctoral Research Associate based at Kings College London.
Introduction 1. Germs and the Working-Class Body: Redefining Tuberculosis at the Post Office Sanatorium Society 2. Handling Germs in the Post Office 3. Learning About Dairy Germs in the Midlands 4. Eradicating and Instrumentalising Dairy Germs 5. Poisons, Pastes, and Pigs: Shippams of Chichester and the Industrial Food Germ 6. Domesticating the Germ Sciences: Jams and Gender in the English Kitchen. Conclusion