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Contagion: Perspectives from Pre-Modern Societies by Lawrence I. Conrad,Dominik Wujastyk

By Lawrence I. Conrad,Dominik Wujastyk

Contagion - even at the present time the note evokes worry of disorder and plague and has the ability to terrify. The 9 essays amassed the following research what pre-modern societies thought of the unfold of ailment and the way it can be managed: to what quantity have been recommendations time-honored to fashionable epidemiology current? What does the pre-modern terminology let us know concerning the conceptions of these instances? How did clinical suggestion relate to spiritual and social ideals? The participants demonstrate the complexity of rules on those matters, from antiquity via to the early sleek global, from China to India, the center East, and Europe. specific issues contain attitudes to leprosy within the previous testomony and the medieval West, conceptions of smallpox etiology in China, witchcraft and sorcery as ailment brokers in historical India, and the effect of classical Greek clinical thought. a tremendous end is that non-medical perceptions are as an important as clinical ones in people’s ideals approximately disorder and the ways that it may be combatted. at the present time we won't think within the strength of demons, however the concept that sickness is retribution for sin keeps nice strength, as was once proven by way of the preferred response to the unfold of AIDS/HIV, and it is a lesson from the earlier that the scientific career could do good to heed.

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