An absorbing look at the role of disease and health policy in the construction of race, gender, and class and in urban development in nineteenth- and twentieth-century San Francisco.
"e;Craddock's provocative work offers an invaluable perspective on public health and the construction of race that speaks not only to the past but also to the present."e; -Bulletin of the History of Medicine
"e;City of Plagues should fuel excitement and increase other geographers' notice of the remarkable work emanating from it. It simply and brilliantly traces how the often-argued triad of power/knowledge/space actually works in a particular place, at a particular time, and around a particular issue. Meticulous and nuanced."e; -Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
"e;This book provides an engaging, readable, and well-researched account of the social, political, and medical responses to infectious diseases in San Francisco from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. A wealth of material is brought together to describe, in a geographical, historical, and cultural framework, the experience, among San Francisco's population, of diseases such as tuberculosis, smallpox, syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases, plague, and, latterly, HIV and AIDS."e; -Environment and Planning A
Susan Craddock is associate professor in the Department of Women's Studies and the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota.