From Miasmas to Microbes

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Science  22 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5794, pp. 1740-1741
DOI: 10.1126/science.1132333

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The Great Stink of Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Struggle Against Filth and Germs. By David S. Barnes. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 2006. 328 pp. $35, £23.50. ISBN 0-8018-8349-0.

The author discusses developments in French science, medicine, politics, and culture as he explores how the germ theory of disease changed the science and practice of public health during the 1880s and 1890s.