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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 month ago

Were people crazy hundreds of years ago for believing there was an unseen miasma in the air that caused various illnesses?

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  • 1 month ago

    Just like the current day.

  • 1 month ago

    No, just ignorant.

  • 1 month ago

    No.  They were on the right track, and even if they hadn't been, that wouldn't mean they were crazy.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Any more crazy than 5G conspiracy theories? Or the China ones? Or that the democrats unleashed this to make trump look bad? We're just as ******* stupid as anything from anywhere in the past about sickness and illness. Thanks, anti-science freaks. You won. We're all stupid, belligerent and dying of pandemic that could have been handily nipped in the bud. 

    Oh hey, the anti-maskers. It's a return to the ***** from the Spanish Flue era. Same ******* shiit. 

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  • 1 month ago

    No.  And if you think about it, it's a pretty good approximation for airborne viruses.  I mean, it's wrong, but it's not a TERRIBLE guess.  It's a much better guess than believing it's bad blood requiring leeches or demonic possession.

  • Edwena
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No.  They are some bad ideas of what it was, but the concept sort of fits to the observation of communicable disease. It took the discovery of the microscope and the discovery of the little bugs in the 1860s to get an better understanding of the disease. One of which was to clean the place up and boil the water.  Thus, the need for fossil fuel and electricity.  And the modern world was created.  It's only about 160 years old, which is about 4 or 5 generations or 2 lifespans.  Think of it this way.  There are people born at the time of WWII who are still alive.  That person's age/life is the same as when the bacteria was discovered to the end of WWII.  

  • 1 month ago

    I would hardly call them crazy. That was the best guess based on the available evidence.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The miasma theory really wasn't far off at all from my understanding. We found out it was bacteria and viruses in the air that caused many diseases, not bad gasses themselves. They were right though about avoiding dead animals and bodies, rotting food, etc. It can take a toll on your immune system and make you more prone to sickness.

    Just like God, you don't need to see it to know. You can feel it very strongly

  • Mog
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    That was cutting edge science back in the day. 

  • Den B7
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes. It was a disease from frogs that made them think that way.

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