The Burdens of Disease: Epidemics and Human Response in Western History

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  • Copyright: 11/1/2009

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A review of the original edition ofThe Burdens of Diseasethat appeared in ISIS stated,Hays has written a remarkable book. He too has a message: That epidemics are primarily dependent on poverty and that the West has consistently refused to accept this.”This revised edition confirms the book’s timely value and provides a sweeping approach to the history of disease.In this updated volume, with revisions and additions to the original content, including the evolution of drug-resistant diseases and expanded coverage of HIV/AIDS, along with recent data on mortality figures and other relevant statistics, J. N. Hays chronicles perceptions and responses to plague and pestilence over two thousand years of western history. Disease is framed as a multidimensional construct, situated at the intersection of history, politics, culture, and medicine, and rooted in mentalities and social relations as much as in biological conditions of pathology. This revised edition ofThe Burdens of Diseasealso studies the victims of epidemics, paying close attention to the relationships among poverty, power, and disease.

Author Biography

J. N. Hays is a professor emeritus of history at Loyola University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Western Inheritance: Greek and Roman Ideas about Diseasep. 9
Medieval Diseases and Responsesp. 19
The Great Plague Pandemicp. 37
New Diseases and Transatlantic Exchangesp. 62
Continuity and Change: Magic, Religion, Medicine, and Science, 500-1700p. 77
Disease and the Enlightenmentp. 105
Cholera and Sanitationp. 135
Tuberculosis and Povertyp. 155
Disease, Medicine, and Western Imperialismp. 179
The Scientific View of Disease and the Triumph of Professional Medicinep. 214
The Apparent End of Epidemicsp. 243
Disease and Powerp. 283
Notesp. 315
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 341
Indexp. 357
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