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- Cambridge University Press
Spreading Germs discusses how modern ideas on the nature and causes of infectious diseases were constructed and spread within the British medical profession during the last third of the nineteenth century. Michael Worboys challenges many existing interpretations, arguing that at various times there were many germ theories that developed in different ways and did not always embrace science and the use of laboratories. It was the discipline of bacteriology that institutionalized the various new ideas and practices during the 1880s, and in a way that was more evolutionary than revolutionary.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)|
Table of Contents
Illustrations; Abbreviations; Preface; Introduction; 1. Medical practice and disease theories, c.1865; 2. Veterinary medicine, the cattle plague and contagion, 1865-90; 3. Germs in the air: surgeons, hospitalism and sepsis, c.1865-76; 4. 'Something definite to guide you in your sanitary precautions': sanitary science, poisons and contagium viva, 1866-80; 5. 'Deeper than the surface of the wound': surgeons antisepsis and asepsis, 1876-1900; 6. From heredity to infection: tuberculosis, bacteriology and medicine, 1870-1900; 7. Preventive medicine and the 'bacteriological era'; Conclusion; Select bibliography; Index.