Contagionism Catches On: Medical Ideology in Britain, by Margaret DeLacy

By Margaret DeLacy

This booklet indicates how contagionism advanced in eighteenth century Britain and describes the results of this evolution. via the past due eighteenth century, the British clinical career was once divided among traditionalists, who attributed acute ailments to the interplay of inner imbalances with exterior elements corresponding to climate, and reformers, who blamed contagious pathogens. The reformers, who have been frequently “outsiders,” English Nonconformists or males born outdoors England, emerged from 3 coincidental variations: transformation in clinical principles, within the nature and content material of clinical schooling, and within the type of males who turned physicians. Adopting contagionism led them to determine acute illnesses as separate entities, spurring a strategy that reoriented clinical study, replaced groups, validated new clinical associations, and maintains to the current day. 

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