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Foreword by Bill Newsom Preface 1. Theories of infection: magic to miasmas 2. Middle Ages to seventeenth century: hospitals and infection 3. The eighteenth century: hospitals and infection 4. The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: typhus in military and civilian hospitals 5. The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: lying-in hospitals and puerperal infection 6. The nineteenth century before Lister: military hospitals and wound infection, civilian hospitals and 'hospitalism' 7. Theories of infection: miasmas to microbes 8. Antisepsis to asepsis 9. The twentieth century: hospital design and miscellaneous infections 10. The twentieth century: emergence of antimicrobial chemotherapy and the demise of the haemolytic streptococcus 11. Sterilization, the development of sterile services and disinfections 12. The mid-twentieth century: the emergence of antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus 13. The mid-twentieth century: gram-negative infections 14. The control of staphylococcal and gram-negative infections 15. Surveillance of infections and organisation of infection control 16. New and re-emerging infections 17. The past, present and future Index.