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[Contagion in literature].

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde
Publication Date
Volume
155
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PMID: 21486512
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Contagious diseases are very suitable to be incorporated in novels. The fact that contagious diseases are by definition a social phenomenon provides these diseases with a social, political, moral and religious dimension, apart from the medical one. New scientific concepts about contagion are adopted in novels, elaborated further and even used metaphorically, for instance in the metaphor of contagion by ideas.

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