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Food as a medical object in Paris, 1670-1815. (360G-Wellcome-078727_Z_05_Z)

The project's central focus is upon the constitution of medical authority over diet in Paris between 1675 and 1815. Against the backdrop of a medical marketplace increasingly dominated by luxury and novelty foods, I will explore the ways in which different medical groups, especially physicians and apothecaries, formulated knowledge about food in relation to rival corporations courting the same clientele. I ask how successful licensed medical practitioners were in reforming domestic eating practices, as well as considering hospitals and soup kitchens as sites for alimentary experiments on the larger scale. While physicians concerned themselves with traditional dietetics, pharmacists turned increasingly to chemical analysis of foodstuffs, producing a successful programme of analysis and industrial exploitation of foods by the First Empire. The project will draw upon recent methodological developments in a variety of fields, including cultural history, anthropology, sociology and literary theory, which offer new ways of writing a history of food and diet. The timescale is chosen to permit a study of the transforming politics of diet during the Revolutionary years. Based on little-known archival and printed materials, the study will provide the first comprehensive account of the various medical understandings of foods and diet in this period.


10 Nov 2005

Grant details
Amount Awarded 170483
Applicant Surname Spary
Approval Committee Medical History and Humanities Funding Committee
Award Date 2005-11-10T00:00:00+00:00
Financial Year 2005/06
Grant Programme: Title Research Fellowship in H&SS
Internal ID 078727/Z/05/Z
Lead Applicant Dr Emma Spary
Planned Dates: End Date 2009-02-13T00:00:00+00:00
Planned Dates: Start Date 2006-02-14T00:00:00+00:00
Recipient Org: Country United Kingdom
Region Greater London
Sponsor(s) Prof Harold Cook
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