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Chapter 11 : The Plague Protectors: Antiseptics and Antibiotics

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Abstract:

As he watched his beloved wife Virginia dying from tuberculosis, Edgar Allan Poe penned the following lines:

“The Red Death” had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal—the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men. And the whole seizure, progress and termination of the disease, were the incidents of half an hour.

Citation: Sherman I. 2017. The Plague Protectors: Antiseptics and Antibiotics, p 264-303. In The Power of Plagues, Second Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670018.ch11
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(Detail) by Sir L. Fildes (1843-1927). Commissioned by Henry Tate for his new National Gallery of British Art. The painting shows the artist’s son attended by Doctor Murray, who though he showed care, could do little to cure the dying child. Courtesy of the Wellcome Library of Medicine, London, CC-BY 4.0.

Citation: Sherman I. 2017. The Plague Protectors: Antiseptics and Antibiotics, p 264-303. In The Power of Plagues, Second Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670018.ch11
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Asclepios, the God of Medicine. Wrapped around his staff is a serpent signifying death and suggesting that Asclepios was able to ward off illness and prevent death. The tiny figure standing to his right foot is Telesphorous, the child god of convalescence. From a ceremonial ivory diptych carved in the late Roman style.

Citation: Sherman I. 2017. The Plague Protectors: Antiseptics and Antibiotics, p 264-303. In The Power of Plagues, Second Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670018.ch11
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Thomas Eakins, American - Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross () - Google Art Project (Courtesy Wikipedia) (Public Domain).

Citation: Sherman I. 2017. The Plague Protectors: Antiseptics and Antibiotics, p 264-303. In The Power of Plagues, Second Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670018.ch11
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Five surgeons participating in the amputation of a man’s leg while another oversees them. Coloured Aquatint 1793 By: Thomas Rowlandson. Wellcome image L034242. Courtesy of Wellcome Library, London, CC-BY 4.0.

Citation: Sherman I. 2017. The Plague Protectors: Antiseptics and Antibiotics, p 264-303. In The Power of Plagues, Second Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670018.ch11
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The first operation under ether by Robert C. Hinckley. Courtesy of the Boston Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.

Citation: Sherman I. 2017. The Plague Protectors: Antiseptics and Antibiotics, p 264-303. In The Power of Plagues, Second Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670018.ch11
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Citation: Sherman I. 2017. The Plague Protectors: Antiseptics and Antibiotics, p 264-303. In The Power of Plagues, Second Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670018.ch11
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Citation: Sherman I. 2017. The Plague Protectors: Antiseptics and Antibiotics, p 264-303. In The Power of Plagues, Second Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670018.ch11

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