Contagion: Perspectives from Pre-Modern Societies

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Contagion - even today the word conjures up fear of disease and plague and has the power to terrify. The nine essays gathered here examine what pre-modern societies thought about the spread of disease and how it could be controlled: to what extent were concepts familiar to modern epidemiology present? What does the pre-modern terminology tell us about the conceptions of those times? How did medical thought relate to religious and social beliefs? The contributors reveal the complexity of ideas on these subjects, from ...

Contagion: Perspectives from Pre-Modern Societies 2000, Routledge, Aldershot, England

ISBN-13: 9780754602583