From miasmas to germs: a historical approach to theories of infectious disease transmission.


Karamanou, M; Panayiotakopoulos, G; Tsoucalas, G; Kousoulis, AA; Androutsos, G; (2012) From miasmas to germs: a historical approach to theories of infectious disease transmission. Le infezioni in medicina, 20 (1). pp. 58-62. ISSN 1124-9390

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Abstract

From miasma to germ theory we trace the evolution of conceptions in infectious disease transmission. Starting from the unproved theories of contagiousness we move on to miasma theory, contagion theory and spontaneous generation theory up to the revolutionary germ theory of disease transmission.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 22475662
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2006403

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