City Seminar: Creating the Lung Block

April 14, 2016
12 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Busch Hall, Rm. 18, Danforth Campus

Creating the Lung Block: Racial Transition and the Making of the ‘New Public Health’ in a St. Louis Neighborhood, 1907-1940

How does an environmental problem become a cultural one? Why did biomedicine supplant environmental sanitation as the dominant framework for understanding and rectifying health disparities in the 20th century? What did this shift mean for American urban policy and the urban environment?

This talk examines public health narratives across four decades of housing surveys of the North Central St. Louis neighborhood of DeSoto-Carr. At its heart, it considers the causes and consequences of the rise of the “New Public Health” movement.