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Railway Accidents, Social Insurance, and the Pathogenesis of Mass Nervousness, 1889–1914

Andreas Killen

in Berlin Electropolis

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780520243620
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931633 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520243620.003.0004
Railway Accidents, Social Insurance, and the Pathogenesis of Mass Nervousness, 1889–1914

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This chapter focuses on neurasthenia's transformation into a mass condition from the 1890s through to the Great War. Here the mediating agency was insurance and it functioned as social technology that submitted the shocks, accidents, and afflictions of modern life to rational techniques of management. Focusing on interactions between doctors and railway personnel and soldiers, the chapter analyzes the new networks and institutions brought into being by social insurance and the reconfiguration of doctor-patient relations as a result.

Keywords: neurasthenia; social insurance; railway personnel; doctors; soldiers; doctor-patient relations

Chapter.  18946 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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