Book Reviews Finally, Worboys concludes that the development and uses of germ theories varied across medicine, as groups incorporated germs differently, depending on their needs, resources, and interests. Yet such was the cultural power of the bacterial model within medicine that "alternative, nonbacterial theories of infections ceased to be articulated" (p. 280). The "seed and soil" metaphor (or some form of it) can be found in every chapter of this book, as it was "routinely used to explain both disease and its absence from the first uses of modern germ theories of all types" (p. 281). Worboys has provided a significant piece of scholarship as he considers the relationship between changing disease theory and medical practice. It is a great addition to the history of medicine, and could well be instructive to historians of any field. Each chapter provides new and significant insights in the history of germ theory, all supporting Worboy's assertion that there was not one germ theory, but several, in the evolution of this pivotal moment in modern medicine, and that any germ theory was open to a variety of interpretations. kerri a. inglis University of Hawai`i at Mänoa Cousins and Strangers: Spanish Immigrants in
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Oct 2, 2003
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