Girolamo Fracastoro (Fracastorius) (1478–1553) was an Italian physician, scholar and poet.
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- [Contagion] passes from one thing to another, and is originally caused by infection of the imperceptible particle.
- Hieronymi Fracastorii De Contagione Et Contagiosis Morbis Et Eorum Curatione, Libri III (1930), translation and notes by Wilmer Cave Wright, p. 5