The Reception of Fracastoro's Theory of Contagion: The Seed That Fell among Thorns?

  title={The Reception of Fracastoro's Theory of Contagion: The Seed That Fell among Thorns?},
  author={V. Nutton},
  pages={196 - 234}
  • V. Nutton
  • Published 1990
  • Medicine, Sociology
  • Osiris
JN MANY MODERN HANDBOOKS of medical history, the medical RenaisI sance of the sixteenth century signifies the lighting of the torch of progress after the dark centuries of the Middle Ages. Anatomists and surgeons, the true devotees of experience, at last triumph over the argumentative theoreticians and jargon-ridden physicians. Due prominence is given to the introduction of new drugs from the Americas or from the laboratories of the chemical Paracelsians, but the therapies of the average… Expand
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Control of Plague
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On the importance of Thucydides' evidence see, most recently
  • Classical Quarterly, N.S
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For a recent survey of the manuscripts
  • 1984
Malley's discussion of the production process of the Fabrica and its related epitomes
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60, 190, 223; and Crato, citations in nn. 90, 91. A good example of this hierarchy of causes is given by Guinther, De pestilentia
    Another theologian, Origen, talked of a future in which the earth would be shaken by earthquakes and the atmosphere would become pestilential through "taking on a disease-bearing force
    • Patrologiae cursus completus, series Graeca
    Antonio Musa Brasavola
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    Cf. the complaint of Dudith to Monaw about those who sought to have the "antiquitatis praeiudicium" on their side before accepting any new discovery or therapy
      Cf. the obviously metaphorical use of the phrase "seeds of disease" by Trincavelli in his lectures on fevers of ca. 1550, Opera omnia (cit. n. 64), fol. 19v. 137 As noted, rightly
      • Fracastoro and Henle
      Control of Plague" (cit. n. 3), Ch. 9; and Preto