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Salmonella Infections, Networks of Knowledge, and Public Health in Britain, 1880-1975$
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Anne Hardy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198704973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704973.001.0001

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Names and Places

Names and Places

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Salmonella Infections, Networks of Knowledge, and Public Health in Britain, 1880-1975

Anne Hardy

Oxford University Press

The tradition of naming Salmonella serotypes after the place from which the first isolation was taken allows for the construction of a geography of origin for these organisms. This chapter explores the way in which the identification and naming of serotypes opened the way for a realization during World War II and after of the global dimensions of the food poisoning problem and its association with international trade and modern food production processes. While an international Salmonella community had existed since the late 1920s, American public health personnel had not been part of it, believing that botulism was their national food poisoning problem. This chapter also shows how the experience of World War II changed that perception, and drew the American public health community into the world of Salmonella science.

Keywords:   naming, geography, trade, food production, World War II, America

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