Air and Rain; The Beginnings of a Chemical Climatology

Air and Rain; The Beginnings of a Chemical Climatology

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...of enquiry in modern times has been to establish a very ancient belief, that decomposing substances, animal and vegetable, produce disease, and are ultimately connected with infection and contagion. This result may be said to be the summary of all that has been done by the General Board of Health and Sanitary Commissioners of late years. It is true that some persons object to these conclusions, and there are even many who have attempted to prove that the gases from decomposing substances are beneficial to health. The fancies or superstitions of the population have somewhat assisted this latter retrograde idea, and we find some delighting in putrid canals and rivers, others admiring the gases from brick-kilns, and others again those from accumulations of farmyard manure. The pressure of experience, however, is so strong that these ideas will probably soon vanish. It has often been asked, Will a sewer produce cholera, or plague, or cattle disease? We cannot say so, or that every kind of disease may be produced from such accumulations of organic matter. A few centuries back we, perhaps, had arrived at such progress in filthiness of habits that we attained the dignity of producing epidemics amongst ourselves. The great epidemics that have passed in modern times over Europe seem, however, to have come from some extraneous source, to act as if planted by seed, and not to have risen up spontaneously here. Without attempting to examine this matter carefully the result would seem to be, that whilst the decomposition of organised beings after death produces gases and vapours that are opposed to health, these gases or vapours are incapable of originating, although they may be capable of feeding, those diseases, such as cholera or plague, which more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236947150
  • 9781236947154