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"The book is a serious contribution to the study of Cartesian physiology in the seventeenth century and beyond. ... it certainly contains essential reading for scholars of Cartesianism." (Klaas van Berkel, ISIS, Vol. 109 (1), March, 2018) "This review cannot do justice to the incredible level of detail displayed in this book ... It provides scholars of the history of early modern medicine and science, and of cultural and social history, with an excellent insight into London in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and in doing so draws our attention to the nexus linking religious and political beliefs, on the one hand, with medical ideas, on the other." (Sietske Fransen, ISIS, Vol. 108 (4), December, 2017) "The book's importance to historians of this era and medical historians especially is self-evident, because it occupies a lacuna in the scholarship. ... Although this book is written for scholarly audiences and densely packed, it is clear and accessible to general readers with avid interest in medical history. For Health Humanities professionals, this book underscores-with a twist-one of the primary lessons we hope to teach our medical students." (Sandra G. Weems, MedHum Daily Dose, medhumdailydose.com, June, 2016)Reseña del editor:
Germ of an Idea shows how a belief in contagion began to spread among a group of medical reformers who had been forced by nationality and religious nonconformity to follow alternative pathways to medical education and professional status in early eighteenth century Britain. It explains how contagionism shaped their ideas about the nature and behavior of diseases such as smallpox, plague, syphilis, and consumption and how it interacted with the belief that diseases were not imbalances, but specific entities.
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