Air pollution
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1. Modern-Period perception

In today’s public consciousness, air pollution is a problem of modern industrial societies. However, concern about air pollution, and with it the fear of its effects on humans, animals, and plants, reaches far further back in history than is commonly assumed. This is due to the central medical significance ascribed to good, clean air by physicians and educated laymen ever since Antiquity. Already in t…

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Stolberg, Michael, “Air pollution”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 20 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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