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Queen's University

Department of History

Retired Professor Joan Sherwood publishes Infection of the Innocents

A study of the attempts to cure infants of syphilis and the wet nurses who were harmed. Using medical journals and case law, historian Joan Sherwood shows how poor women were exploited, victimized, and ultimately vindicated in her recently published book Infection of the Innocents: Wet Nurses, Infants, and Syphilis in France, 1780-1900.


Published by: McGill Queen's University Press, 2010


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