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Unformatted text preview: indicate that there was a vague notion of contagion developing --"Don't sleep in the House of a Leper". But also could get leprosy by angering the Lord. Angry Jewish God changed in Christianity. Jewish God brought plagues famines and disease to Egyptians, for example. Aristotle and others believed in abiogenesis. Life came from inanimate material. Myths among many ancient people talk of the origin of man, even, from decaying corn. Shakespeare wrote about crockadiles coming from the mud of the Nile. Van Helmont wrote recipe for mice---dirty underwear, corn, in a vessel---mice come out fully formed. Solves another inexplicable problem: The origin of life. Until this is properly understood we could never understand contagion. 1546 Fracastorius of Verona wrote of contagium vivum--immersed in a syphilis epidemic at the time. Other terms "Seminaria morbi". Described transmission through inanimate objects--fomites--...
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- Fall '09