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Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World

Sherman, Irwin W. (Book - 2007)
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Diseases have significantly shaped the course of the world's history. From the fourteenth-century plague to HIV/AIDS today, diseases have fundamentally altered the shape of society, politics, and culture. In a sweeping, thoughtful account, Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World considers the history of twelve important diseases: their impact, their consequences, their costs, and the lessons learned. Examining hemophilia, blight, tuberculosis, cholera, smallpox, bubonic plague, influenza, malaria, yellow fever, syphilis, porphyria, and AIDS, this book not only covers the diseases' histories but also addresses public health responses and societal upheavals. Historical perspectives on these diseases will be indispensable for a better understanding of how we and our forebears survived the onslaught of "plagues" and how we might avoid their devastating consequences in the future. Crucial to this examination is exploring how past experience can help us to deal effectively with "coming plagues." Whether attempts to control outbreaks were successful or not, lessons can be learned that are crucial for disease containment today. Most significantly, this book explains the lessons learned from attempts to contain past disease outbreaks and how that knowledge can be utilized in the future. Despite the challenges that a major epidemic presents, Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World also details various past successes in which diseases were brought under control and social disorder was minimized. Key Features Chronicles the ways disease outbreaks shaped traditions and institutions of Western civilization Explains the effects, causes, and outcomes from past epidemics Describes a dozen diseases to show how disease control either was achieved or failed Makes clear the interrelationship between diseases and history Presents material in a compelling, clear, and jargon-free prose for a wide audience Provides a picture of the best practices for dealing with disease outbreaks
Authors: Sherman, Irwin W.
Title: Twelve diseases that changed our world
Publisher: Washington, DC : ASM Press, c2007
Characteristics: ix, 219 p. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Irwin W. Sherman
Contents: The legacy of disease : porphyria and hemophilia
The Irish potato blight
Smallpox : the speckled monster
Bubonic plague
Syphilis : the great pox
Tuberculosis : the people's plague
Yellow fever : the saffron scourge
The great influenza
AIDS : the 21st century plague
ISBN: 1555814662
Branch Call Number: 614.409 S553t 2007
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-205) and index
Subject Headings: Diseases and history Epidemics History
Topical Term: Diseases and history
LCCN: 2007023680
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