Contagionism Catches On

Medical Ideology in Britain, 1730-1800

Authors: DeLacy, Margaret

  • Provides the social outcome of the acceptance of contagionism, proposed and explored in DeLacy’s first book, The Germ of an Idea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
  • Appeals to cultural and social historians, as well as historians of medicine and eighteenth century Britain
  • Describes the consequences of the evolution of contagionism in eighteenth century Britain
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This book shows how contagionism evolved in eighteenth century Britain and describes the consequences of this evolution. By the late eighteenth century, the British medical profession was divided between traditionalists, who attributed acute diseases to the interaction of internal imbalances with external factors such as weather, and reformers, who blamed contagious pathogens. The reformers, who were often “outsiders,” English Nonconformists or men born outside England, emerged from three coincidental transformations: transformation in medical ideas, in the nature and content of medical education, and in the sort of men who became physicians. Adopting contagionism led them to see acute diseases as separate entities, spurring a process that reoriented medical research, changed communities, established new medical institutions, and continues to the present day. 

About the authors

Margaret DeLacy is the author of The Germ of an Idea: Contagionism, Religion and Society in Britain, 1660-1730 (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016), Prison Reform in Lancashire, 1700-1850: A Study in County Administration (Stanford University Press, 1986), and articles on medical history. She is an independent scholar in Portland Oregon.

 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    DeLacy, Margaret

    Pages 1-18

  • Fever Theory and British Contagionism in the Mid-Eighteenth Century

    DeLacy, Margaret

    Pages 19-54

  • Contagionism after 1750: John Pringle and James Lind

    DeLacy, Margaret

    Pages 55-87

  • Animate Disease after 1750: Exanthemata Viva

    DeLacy, Margaret

    Pages 89-123

  • Counting and Classifying Diseases: Contagion, Enumeration and Cullen’s Nosology

    DeLacy, Margaret

    Pages 125-164

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eBook $84.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50958-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contagionism Catches On
Book Subtitle
Medical Ideology in Britain, 1730-1800
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50959-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50959-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-50958-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 347
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