This book argues that the French led the way in the nineteenth-century public health movement.
Mission and Method challenges the prevalent notion that the British were the leaders in the nineteenth-century public health movement and set the model for similar movements elsewhere. It suggests that an active and influential french public health movement antedated the British and greatly influenced British public health leaders.
List of tables and illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Community, method, context; 2. The methodology of public hygiene; 3. The context of public hygiene: national public health policy; 4. Institutionalization: the health councils; 5. Investigation and moralization: occupational hygiene and industrialization; 6. Investigation and practical reform: public health in Paris; 7. Public health in Paris: investigation, salubrity, and social welfare; 8. Public health and public health movements: comparison and assessment; 9. Before Pasteur: hygienism and the French model of public health; Epilogue; Appendixes; Bibliographical note; Index.