Miasma I: Plague and Mutated Air in Renaissance Italy – Italian History

Beware the foul air that causes plague! Put on your plague doctor masks and travel back with us to 17th-century Italy where people believed disease was caused by mutated air called miasma.

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Co-hosts: Nick and Anna

Time/place: Tuscany, Italy, 1630 CE

Dead idea: Miasma theory of disease

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Main Sources

Calvi, G. (1989). Histories of a Plague Year: The Social and the Imaginary in Baroque Florence. University of California Press.

Cipolla, C. (1981). Fighting the Plague in Seventeenth-century Italy. University of Wisconsin Press.

Cipolla, C. (1992). Miasmas and Disease: Public Health and the Environment in the Pre-Industrial Age.  Yale University Press.

Cohn, S. K. (2009). Cultures of Plague: Medical Thinking at the End of the Renaissance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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