Roads to Health: Infrastructure and Urban Wellbeing in Late Medieval Italy


Reconstructing the mandates and activities of urban “healthscapers” between roughly 1250 and 1500, Roads to Health contends that preventative healthcare emerged from a steady concern for populations’ wellbeing. It challenges the view of the Black Death, let alone the Industrial Revolution, as a unique trigger in public health history.

The book will appear in summer 2019 from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Until then, a preprint version can be consulted and downloaded here.