air is beaten


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Tourists imagined malaria was caused by emanations from the earth, and claimed that visitors put themselves at risk if they moved too quickly from a hot and sunny spot to a cool damp one. Consequently, some claimed the Ghetto was malaria free because, as William Wetmore Story observed, it was a place where ‘the air is much beaten by a constant concourse of people’.

This is from a book 'Rome: A History in Seven Sackings'.
The last part is a bit difficult to understand. Does this mean 'the air is ventilated by a constant influx of people'?
Thanks in advance.
  • The Newt

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    English - US
    The idea seems to be that a lot of people were coming and going (or perhaps, just talking) in the Ghetto, which promoted air circulation.
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