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"For centuries prior to the development of an effective vaccination against rabies, the bite of a “mad” dog was linked to a horrific ailment marked by convulsions, an utter dread of swallowing liquids, uncontrollable thrashing, and even the tendency to bark and attempt to bite others—a horrid prelude to an agonizing death. Drawing on learned theories of medical practition"For centuries prior to the development of an effective vaccination against rabies, the bite of a “mad” dog was linked to a horrific ailment marked by convulsions, an utter dread of swallowing liquids, uncontrollable thrashing, and even the tendency to bark and attempt to bite others—a horrid prelude to an agonizing death. Drawing on learned theories of medical practitioners and beliefs of the common people, The Bearer of Crazed and Venomous Fangs investigates the cultural mythology of the ailment known today as rabies. By exploring the cultural history of science, traditional belief, and folk medicine, it reveals the popular myths and learned delusions that came to define the disease. Among the arresting topics explored are the attribution of rabies to a worm beneath the tongue, the notion that the disease could arise spontaneously, the idea that it could be “cured” by the application to the wound of special stones or animal parts, and, if all else failed, the treatment of it by the suffocation of the human victim. Rich in detail and brimming with historical intrigue, The Bearer of Crazed and Venomous Fangs engages students of medicine and the history of science, veterinary studies, folklore, psychology, and anyone interested in how mankind’s best friend could be thought of as its cruelest, fiercest enemy." ...

Title : The Bearer of Crazed and Venomous Fangs: Popular Myths and Learned Delusions regarding the Bite of the Mad Dog
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ISBN : 24961222
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 291 Pages
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  • Natalie
    2019-01-01 08:55

    Really good; the history of disease and our understanding of it is fascinating—and frightening. Before Edward Jenner discovered that inoculation with cowpox — not life-threatening to humans — prevented the inoculated person from catching smallpox —which was, the world was rampant with epidemics that could not be stopped. Before Louis Pasteur found a vaccine for dogs to prevent them catching rabies (called "rage" in some languages, appropriately), dogs caught the disease readily from other animals. This disease was passed with horrific ease to the humans with whom dogs lived, often before the dog showed any signs of the long-incubating illness. Rabies was deadly, and often, as Di Marco shows, the treatment for it was too. Even after Pasteur, some people —including some doctors—continued to argue that rabies was spontaneously generated in dogs, and that other "cures" were more dependable. Di Marco has done some fascinating research, which should readily put to rest the contemporary controversy about the need for universal vaccination.