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By Alison Bashford, Claire Hooker

Within the age of HIV, antibiotic-resistant micro organism, the Ebola Virus and BSE, metaphors and event of contagion are a significant quandary of presidency, biomedicine and renowned culture.Contagion explores cultural responses of infectious illnesses and their biomedical administration over the 19th and 20th centuries. It additionally investigates using 'contagion' as an idea in postmodern reconceptualisations of embodied subjectivity.The essays are written from in the fields of cultural experiences, biomedical background and demanding sociology. The members learn the geographies, guidelines and identities that have been produced within the large social attempt to comprise illnesses. They discover either social responses to infectious ailments some time past, and modern theoretical and biomedical websites for the learn of contagion.

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A final source of analogy, important in the classical period but not irrelevant to homoeopathic ideas, was the effect of dyes in water, in which a small amount of material transmitted its main property to the whole mass. Not surprisingly, parallels were also constantly drawn between the spread of disease and the effects of poisons, where again an often tiny dose was able to affect the whole body, or, for example, to poison a well. 21 The classical contribution to concepts of contagion and infection thus related less to the individual than to the environment.

Greenwood, ‘Miasma and Contagion’, in E. A. ), Science, Medicine and History, 2 vols, London, Oxford University Press, 1953, vol. 2, p. 501. 4 In what follows, the term ‘infectious’ will be used generically to embrace the whole group of epidemic, endemic and contagious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and some other parasitic organisms. 5 See R. H. Shryock, The Development of Modern Medicine, Madison, University of Wisconsin Press, 1979. 6 O. Temkin, ‘An Historical Analysis of the Concept of Infection’, in his The Double Face of Janus, Baltimore and London, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977, pp.

20 Similar properties could be attributed to the animal breath. A final source of analogy, important in the classical period but not irrelevant to homoeopathic ideas, was the effect of dyes in water, in which a small amount of material transmitted its main property to the whole mass. Not surprisingly, parallels were also constantly drawn between the spread of disease and the effects of poisons, where again an often tiny dose was able to affect the whole body, or, for example, to poison a well. 21 The classical contribution to concepts of contagion and infection thus related less to the individual than to the environment.

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