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The four chapters of this little book were delivered as the Bampton Lectures of 1961 at Columbia University. In carrying the story of diphtheria from miasmas through microbes to molecules, the author achieves a notable synthesis of the unfolding story of medical science, a synthesis that goes far beyond the particular disease under discussion.
In the first chapter on miasmas, Dr. Wood describes the appalling picture of the great epidemics of diphtheria that began in New England in 1735. Here was a scourge that wiped out whole families of children and many of the adults as well. The physician was
From Miasmas to Molecules.. Ann Intern Med. 1962;56:531–532. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-56-3-531
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