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Spreading Germs
Disease Theories and Medical Practice in Britain, 1865–1900

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Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034470

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  • Spreading Germs discusses how modern ideas on the bacterial causes of communicable diseases were constructed and spread within the British medical profession in the last third of the nineteenth century. Michael Worboys surveys many existing interpretations of this pivotal moment in modern medicine. He shows that there were many germ theories of disease, and that these were developed and used in different ways across veterinary medicine, surgery, public health and general medicine. The growth of bacteriology is considered in relation to the evolution of medical practice rather than as a separate science of germs.

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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034470
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Michael Worboys, University of Manchester

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