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On the cattle plague: or, Contagious typhus in horned cattle. Its history, origin, description, and treatment   By:

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In the historical masterpiece On the cattle plague: or, Contagious typhus in horned cattle, Honoré Bourguignon provides an in-depth exploration of a devastating disease that has plagued the agricultural industry for centuries. With meticulous research and a wealth of knowledge, Bourguignon takes readers on an enlightening journey through the history, origin, description, and treatment of this contagious ailment.

What immediately strikes the reader is Bourguignon's impeccable attention to detail. He delves into the origins of the cattle plague, tracing its roots back to ancient times and gradually unraveling its impact on various civilizations throughout history. From the Roman Empire to modern-day farming practices, Bourguignon masterfully presents a comprehensive overview of how this epidemic has shaped the livestock industry.

The book's descriptive power is truly captivating. Bourguignon's ability to vividly portray the symptoms, effects, and progression of the cattle plague is remarkable. Drawing on his own experiences as a veterinarian, he expertly documents the physical manifestations of the disease, leaving no aspect unexplored. His depictions are not for the faint-hearted, but they serve as a powerful reminder of the gravity of this agricultural crisis.

Equally impressive is Bourguignon's treatment of the cattle plague. Through extensive research and analysis, he outlines various methods used throughout history to combat the disease. From the crude methods of early farmers to the advancements in veterinary medicine, Bourguignon provides a fascinating account of the evolution of treatment practices. His insights shed light on the ingenuity and resilience of those working to save their livestock and livelihoods.

However, it is essential to note that this book is not for casual readers seeking light entertainment. While Bourguignon's writing style is engaging, the subject matter is highly specialized and tailored towards those with a genuine interest in veterinary medicine and agricultural history. The extensive technical terminology may prove challenging to those without prior knowledge or experience in the field.

In conclusion, On the cattle plague: or, Contagious typhus in horned cattle is an indispensable resource for individuals seeking an in-depth understanding of the devastating effects of this contagious disease. Bourguignon's thorough research, captivating descriptions, and insightful historical analysis make this book an invaluable asset to veterinarians, historians, and those working in the agricultural sector. While it may not appeal to the general masses, it remains a seminal work in its field, shedding light on an issue that has plagued humanity for centuries.

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation and spelling in the original document have been preserved. Greek words are transliterated and marked like so.

ON THE CATTLE PLAGUE: OR, Contagious Typhus in Horned Cattle.



Doctor of the Faculté de Paris, Fellow of the Société de Médecine de Paris; Laureate of the Institute of France, Member of the Legion of Honour, etc.

"Scribo nec ficta, nee picta, sed quæ ratio, sensus et experientia docent."




The numerous services which you have rendered, and the interest you have shown in the calamitous epizootic which at this moment decimates the noble herds of England, have prompted me to dedicate the following pages to you, satisfied that I am only giving public expression to the homage felt for you by many of your fellow countrymen... Continue reading book >>

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