La sémiologie des odeurs au xix siècle : du savoir médical à la norme sociale

Abstract : While many doctors in the 18th century still based their diagnoses on odours emanating from their patients, this reliance on odours gradually disappeared in the 19th century, thanks to the hygienist movement which lent credence to the absence of odours as assurance not only of social status but also the person’s moral character. By observing the development of standards that linked medical and social discourses, such as odour control and use of perfumes, this paper traces the evolution and interpretations of identity olfactory throughout the century.
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Jean-Alexandre Perras, Érika Wicky. La sémiologie des odeurs au xix siècle : du savoir médical à la norme sociale. Etudes Françaises, Presse Universitaire de Montréal, 2013, 49 (3), ⟨10.7202/1021206ar⟩. ⟨hal-01626995⟩

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