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Contagionism Catches On

Medical Ideology in Britain, 1730-1800

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Provides the social outcome of the acceptance of contagionism, proposed and explored in DeLacy’s first book, The Germ of an Idea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

  • Appeals to cultural and social historians, as well as historians of medicine and eighteenth century Britain

  • Describes the consequences of the evolution of contagionism in eighteenth century Britain

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    • Margaret DeLacy
    Pages 1-18
  3. Animate Disease after 1750: Exanthemata Viva

    • Margaret DeLacy
    Pages 89-123
  4. John Haygarth and the Campaign for Contagion

    • Margaret DeLacy
    Pages 165-205
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 283-347

About this book

This book shows how contagionism evolved in eighteenth century Britain and describes the consequences of this evolution. By the late eighteenth century, the British medical profession was divided between traditionalists, who attributed acute diseases to the interaction of internal imbalances with external factors such as weather, and reformers, who blamed contagious pathogens. The reformers, who were often “outsiders,” English Nonconformists or men born outside England, emerged from three coincidental transformations: transformation in medical ideas, in the nature and content of medical education, and in the sort of men who became physicians. Adopting contagionism led them to see acute diseases as separate entities, spurring a process that reoriented medical research, changed communities, established new medical institutions, and continues to the present day. 

Keywords

  • contagionism
  • 18th century Britain
  • social history
  • medical history
  • Linnaeus

Reviews

“The book consists of nine densely packed and detailed chapters, including the introduction and conclusion. … Each chapter covers new areas in the jagged road leading to contagionism and its competitors. … DeLacys sources are international, with material in English, Latin, Italian and French. A very careful historian, she notes bibliographical mistakes that scholars have made … . The source notes contain much of interest and should not be skipped. Margaret DeLacy passed the stimulus test with flying colors.” (Shelby Shapiro, The Independent Scholar, Vol. 8, December, 2021)

“This book is a study of a revolution in pathology that occurred in Britain in the second half of the eighteenth century. … Margaret DeLacy’s study is a valuable contribution to the existing literature.” (Laurence Brockliss, Isis, Vol. 109 (4), December, 2018)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Portland, USA

    Margaret DeLacy

About the author

Margaret DeLacy is the author of The Germ of an Idea: Contagionism, Religion and Society in Britain, 1660-1730 (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016), Prison Reform in Lancashire, 1700-1850: A Study in County Administration (Stanford University Press, 1986), and articles on medical history. She is an independent scholar in Portland Oregon.

 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Contagionism Catches On

  • Book Subtitle: Medical Ideology in Britain, 1730-1800

  • Authors: Margaret DeLacy

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-50959-4

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-50958-7

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-84531-9

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-50959-4

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 347

  • Topics: History of Britain and Ireland, Social History, History of Science

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-50959-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)