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Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century$
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Rebecca Anne Barr, Sylvie Kleiman-Lafton, and Sophie Vasset

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526127051

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526127051.001.0001

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The intestinal labours of Paris

The intestinal labours of Paris

(p.43) 2 The intestinal labours of Paris
Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century

Sabine Barles

André Guillerme

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on the treatment of waste and sewage in eighteenth-century Paris and on the numerous small manufactures that flourished around the cesspits of the French capital and produced saltpeter for the conservation of dried meat, gut for musical instruments or for Spain’s chorizo factories, lime from the hides coming from the butcher’s shops… It also focuses on life underground, in the cellars, and on the extreme urban mortality due to the pervasive insalubrity generated by the digestive process at work in the city.

Keywords:   Parisian underground, Sewage, Gut factories, Urban pollution, Nightmen, Waste, Digestion

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