Epidemics Examined and Explained

Epidemics Examined and Explained

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Excerpt: ...parts of towns and cities are those, if not exactly in the centre, which would be comprised in a space nearer to the centre than the circumference; and it has been in those parts generally where the epidemic influences seem to have exercised the most potent sway. One would more naturally suppose, that a city surrounded by 99 paludal miasm, and not itself being capable of generating the poison, should be more affected at the circumference, from the simple fact that the paludal germs, which rise in the air, are suspended in the fogs and dews of the atmosphere. These, unless widely dispersed by the winds, would remain within a comparatively confined space; and those situations nearest to them would be most subject to their influence. Besides, it has been shewn, that a small wood or hill, or even a wall, has been sufficient to cut off or obstruct the paludal miasm. Without enumerating all the known endemic diseases, two or three may be alluded to for our present purpose; viz. that of shewing that endemic and epidemic diseases have a similar origin.39 It is well known that under certain favouring conditions an endemic may become a malignant and pestilential disease; that Yellow Fever, which is always endemic in the west, Cholera in the east, and the Plague in the south of Europe and north of Africa, every few years takes on an epidemic form, and desolates considerable tracts of country.39 The Pestilence which raged in the summer and autumn of 1804 in Spain, commenced at Malaga, and remained for a considerable time confined to its 100 boundaries, in consequence of the measures of precaution that were used, in preventing all communication between the inhabitants of the infected city and those living in the surrounding country. It was only in consequence of persons escaping through the cordon, and passing into the interior of the country, that the disease spread, and extended its ravages to distant places. It appears to be quite clear, that this disease...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236727835
  • 9781236727831