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Living by InchesThe Smells, Sounds, Tastes, and Feeling of Captivity in Civil War Prisons$
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Evan A. Kutzler

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469653785

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653785.001.0001

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The Disabled Nose

(p.37) Chapter Two Anosmia
Living by Inches

Evan A. Kutzler

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter introduces the nose and the eyes as essential to the perception of healthy and unhealthy air, water, and whole landscapes. While sickness is a well-known theme of Civil War prisons, scholarly discussions of disease, hospitals, and medicine are often disembodied from individual lived-experience. This chapter therefore historicizes the public health of Civil War prisons by unpacking what terms like miasma and sanitation meant to prisoners and how antebellum medical knowledge about noses, eyes, and sickness shaped the experience and management of Civil War prisons.

Keywords:   public health, vision, smell, miasma, sanitation, lived-experience

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