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Ague in Eighteenth-Century Scotland?: The Shifting Ecology of a Disease

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Each age and society reveals a unique set of biological and cultural circumstances responsible for the appearance of particular diseases. The study of ague in eighteenth-century Britain, including Scotland, suggests that this condition can generally be included under the current concept of malaria. The analysis is based on a variety of sources, including parish reports, institutional records, and the writings of prominent physicians. A careful review of the evidence concludes that ague in Scotland was mostly an import and its eventual disappearance linked to the country's geography and climate, as well as the agricultural and industrial revolutions that took place on its soil.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-09-01

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