Practical Observations on the Action of Morbid Sympathies; In a Ser. of Letters
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1818 edition. Excerpt: ...similar to the infection received, and which, having been inspired by another, will communicate a disease to him precisely of the same kind; i, e. it is not contagious; and, considering the rapid manner in which the epidemic infection occasionally spreads, even over whole countries in the space of a few days, it is evident that it is conveyed by a current of the atmosphere, and derives its origin, exclusively, from some casual source, capable of impregnating the air which we breathe with the specific poison of this malady. With regard to the real source of this infection, that remains, in common with that of most of the other infectious diseases, a matter of conjecture only. One thing, however, is certain enough, from the circumstances attending its gradual and regular progress; that a large body pf the atmospheric air, near the surface pf the earth, has become impregnated with gaseous effluvia, possessed of the power of producing this specific febrile disease, in those who are exposed to inspire it. This body of air, then, so loaded, travelling by the ordinary course of the wind over the surface of the earth, communicates its baneful influence to such of the inhabitants as breathe in it as it passes along; hence the reason why its appearance is so regularly progressive; hence also the reason why its attacks, or rather the circumstances of its attacks, are so different from those of a real contagious disease; for, in place of gradually passing from one person to another, in proportion as these persons shall associate together, the inhabitants of whole toVns and large counties are often affected with influenza almost at one and the same time, or perhaps in the space of a few days, as they shall happen to be exposed to the current of noxious air, ..
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