Transactions of the Epidemiological Society of London Volume 10

Transactions of the Epidemiological Society of London Volume 10

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...has apparently halted for the present on the very threshold of Europe, it may be interesting and instructive to take a retrospective view of the course of previous waves, and to formulate our conceptions of the factors determining the prevalence and progress of the disease. I shall not attempt to combat the opinion entertained by men of whose ability I have the highest opinion, but who would themselves frankly admit their unacquaintance with bacteriological work or literature, viz., that cholera is conveyed not by human intercourse but by telluric, meteorological, or other hypothetical agencies or occult influences, unknown, and indeed unknowable. Nor is it necessary to refute the notion prevalent among the populace of the countries bordering on the Mediterranean that cholera is contagious in the same sense as small-pox or scarlatina, a notion which underlies the practice of quarantine in those regions. I shall assume that is recognised by scientific and competent observers in this country as well as in India, Germany, and America, and by the most thoughtful and independent minds in France and Italy, that its corn-municability is closely analogous to that of enteric fever;! that is, that the virus is a specific microbe present in the evacuations, at any rate in the early stage of the disease, distinguishable by cultivation from some others which in i form appear identical with it; that the virulence of the contagion increases for some days after its discharge from the body; that it gains access to other human organisms, solely or almost exclusively by ingestion, and that mere contact with or proximity to infected persons is practically free from danger, though specifically soiled clothes, bedding, etc., may act as fomites, retaining more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236668529
  • 9781236668523