Very notably, with no exceptions that I know of, his experiences in the apparently divergent fields of clinical, social, and newsstand psychology had been costly for him, as though the places where he was examined had been uniformly alive with either highly contagious traumas or just plain old-fashioned germs.
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Following the French Revolution, a contagion of upheaval spread across Europe.
One of the tragedies for AIDS patients is the irrational fear of contagion through casual contact.