Cholera in 1849 and the Biopsychosocial Model: Historical Analysis or Anachronism?. The Snowflakes of MSU: Peter Vinten-Johansen Howard Brody Nigel Paneth Steve Rachman Michael Rip. The Argument. One can draw useful analogies between: Today’s biopsychosocial model of human health, and
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Cholera in 1849 and the Biopsychosocial Model: Historical Analysis or Anachronism?
The Snowflakes of MSU:
Spread by contaminated drinking
Spread by poor hygiene
Irritation > Diarrhea > Dehydration
Can’t identify agent; analogy to
ova of intestinal worms
“Continuous molecular changes”
(self-replication of vital processes)
(first weeks of
Southwark & Vauxhall Co.
C exerts pull on A
and prevents A from
combining with B,
The communication of certain molecular changes
taking place in the brain is by no means confined
to…parents and offspring, but extends collaterally
in all directions, by means of vibrations in the air…
If the brain of an animal is in a particular state of
molecular action, from any object that excites fear
or joy, it may cause a similar state in the brain of
others of the species, by uttering a cryor merely
assuming a particular demeanour.
The faculty of speech gives man a power of
communicating his complex feelings and ideas,
far exceeding that of lower animals; and the
invention of literature has greatly increased this
power in civilized nations. By speech, not only
can fresh sensations and ideas be communicated,
but also that continuation of them called
remembrance, by which they revive after, it may
be a long interval of suspended animation.