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Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850–2000

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Book Series: Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History ISBN: 9781137392633 9781137377029 Year: Pages: 248 DOI: 10.1057/9781137377029 Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Subject: Internal medicine
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The grand narrative of twentieth-century medicine is the conquering of acute infectious diseases and the rise in chronic, degenerative diseases. The history of fungal infections does not fit this picture; indeed, it runs against it - this book charts the path of fungal infections from the mid nineteenth century to the dawn of the twenty-first century, both in Britain and the United States. It examines how fungal infections became more prevalent and serious over the century, a rise that was linked to the increased incidence of chronic diseases and to social, technological and medical 'progress'. In 1900, conditions such as ringworm, athlete's foot and thrush were minor, external and mostly chronic conditions

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