August 12, 1865 The Shoulders of Giants — Today in History

During the third century AD, the Greek physician Galen of Pergamon first described the “miasma” theory of illness, holding that infectious diseases such as cholera, chlamydia and the Black Death were caused by noxious clouds of “bad air”.  The theory is discredited today, but such ideas die hard.

August 12, 1865 The Shoulders of Giants — Today in History

3 replies to “August 12, 1865 The Shoulders of Giants — Today in History

      1. That’s good. I’ve noticed, since I was little (90s,) the smog over the City of Portland (Maine) has become progressively thicker, especially on overcast and/or muggy days. Which is insulting when you consider that Maine used to be one of the more environmentally friendly states.

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