Insects, Hygiene and History

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Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015 M11 19 - 288 páginas
Busvine's introductory account of the evolutionary histories of insects and mites leads on to a fascinating study of human reactions to ectoparasites. It shows how the extent of man's curiosity about them and references to their prevalence provide a continuous commentary both on the history of biological science from Aristotle to the present day and on the modes and manners of ages past. Subjects of ribald verse, quack medicine and morbid imagination as well as literary symbols of piety, love and human insignificance, this is also the history of how medicine discovered that ectoparasites acted as transmitters for epidemic diseases.
 

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Introduction
1
1 The World of Insects and Mites
5
2 Origin and Evolution of Insects and Mites
20
3 The Harmful Effects of Parasites
47
4 The Prevalence of Ectoparasites in Different Epochs
67
5 Human Reactions to Ectoparasites
86
6 Ectoparasites as Objects of Scientific Curiosity
125
7 Medical Aspects of Ectoparasites
176
References
243
Index of Persons
257
Subject Index
261
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James Ronald Busvine was Emeritus Professor of Entomology as Applied to Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

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