The Historical Setting

@article{Flexner1973TheHS,
  title={The Historical Setting},
  author={Simon Flexner},
  journal={The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine},
  year={1973},
  volume={46},
  pages={5 - 14}
}
  • S. Flexner
  • Published 1973
  • The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
Man's attempts to understand the nature of pestilence are probably as old as his efforts to create a religion for himself. Countless diseases and devastating epidemics have plagued him since the dawn of written history, on down through the Middle Ages, and indeed up to and including the twentieth century. Before 1850 this constant threat to man's welfare was enough to force the bulk of the population into an utterly resigned attitude towards pestilential diseases; while others, in seeking an… Expand
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