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Germ of an Idea : Contagionism, Religion, and Society in Britain 1660-1730 (Hardcover) (Margaret Delacy)
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Between 1660 and 1860, Western medicine shifted from a Classical model that had understood illness as a form of disharmony to a new model that emphasized the invasion of the body by a specific pathogen. Most historians have assumed that his transition took place after 1800 but in Britain the tipping point came with the spread of contagionism during the eighteenth century: a period that medical historians have belittled, ignored, or misunderstood. Germ of an Idea shows how a belief in contagion began to spread among a group of medical reformers who had been forced by nationality and/or religious nonconformity to follow alternative pathways to medical education and professional status. It explains how contagionism shaped their ideas about the nature and behavior of diseases such as smallpox, plague, syphilis, and consumption and how it interacted with the belief that diseases were not imbalances but specific entities.
Number of Pages: 305
Sub-Genre: History, Diseases
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Margaret Delacy
Street Date: February 3, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-07-3027
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