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What Is Medicine?Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing$
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Paul Unschuld

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257658

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257658.001.0001

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New Pathogens, and Morality

New Pathogens, and Morality

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19 New Pathogens, and Morality
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What Is Medicine?
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Paul U. Unschuld

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0019

This chapter focuses on the nonexistence of demons and the microorganisms in new medicine and examines the pathogens in new medicine. Cold, dampness, wind, heat, dryness, immoderation or excesses in eating and drinking were the new “enemies.” Demons and microorganisms had found their way into premedical healing at a time when centuries-long wars had damaged faith in morality and in the suggestibility of behavior through the appeal to good ethics. The new pathogens such as dampness, wind, and heat behaved in accordance with morality. The doctrine of the causation of illness and of normal functions in the organism, in the new medicine, was based on the idea of vessels linking all body areas and organs with each other. Demons and worms responsible for sickness, generally invisible to the naked eye, were not part of this world. There was no evidence that these pathogens followed the laws of transport pathways in the body, so they could not be found in any certain place at any certain time. Cold, dampness, wind, and heat behaved in accordance with the laws of the system.

Keywords:   microorganisms, new medicine, new pathogens, the laws of transport, premedical healing, ethical behavior

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