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The First Horseman Disease in Human History

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9780131893412

ISBN10:
0131893416
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Pub. Date:
4/5/2006
Publisher(s):
Pearson
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Summary

This text intends to emphasis to students that widespread, deadly disease is not a distant historical phenomenon, but a continuing threat to humanity. It explains the economic, political, social, and psychological problems that deadly diseases have caused in our past and the challenges we face currently and in the future. The importance of this study is emphasized by the author's last line in the text, "The history of disease will go on, despite once confident predictions of an end to epidemics in our times, and those who now wage the heroic struggle to find elusive cures to our new plagues may find that they have more to learn from the past than had once been thought."

Table of Contents

FOREWORD vi
SERIES EDITOR'S PREFACE viii
ABOUT THE AUTHOR xii
INTRODUCTION 1(10)
The Types and Causes of Disease
1(2)
The Impact of Disease
3(1)
Disease and the Historian
4(5)
The Spread of Diseases
9(1)
Disease and Society
10(1)
1 A EURASIAN PANDEMIC: THE BLACK DEATH IN EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST, 1347-1350 11(36)
The Origins of the Black Death
11(4)
What was the Black Death?
15(1)
The Black Death as a Social Force
16(1)
The Spread of the Black Death
17(1)
The Mortality Rate of the Black Death
18(1)
A Turning Point in History?
19(1)
Contemporary Views of the Black Death
20(1)
The Impact of the Black Death
21(5)
Sources
26(20)
Notes
46(1)
2 AMERICAN HOLOCAUST: SMALLPDX IN THE AMERICAS, 1518-1670 47(29)
The Demographic Impact of New Diseases in the Americas
47(1)
Smallpox: Its Early History and Manifestations
48(1)
Defenses against Smallpox
49(1)
The Arrival of Smallpox in the Americas
50(3)
The Impact of New Diseases upon American Indians
53(1)
The Native Populations of the Americas
54(1)
Epidemics: Intentional Genocide or Unintended Consequences?
55(1)
The Impact of Disease on Native Culture
55(3)
Sources
58(17)
Notes
75(1)
3 DISEASE AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN MEDICINE: BUBONIC AND PNEUMONIC PLAGUE IN INDIA AND CHINA, 1896-1921 76(39)
The Plague Breaks Out in India
76(1)
The British Raj's Response
77(1)
The Black Death and the Indian Plague
78(1)
Evidence Collection and Analysis
79(1)
Initial Colonial Policy and Native Resistance
80(3)
New Policies
83(1)
Lessons Learned
84(1)
The Plague Breaks Out in Manchuria
85(2)
Governmental Response
87(1)
Sources
88(26)
Notes
114(1)
4 A MODERN PLAGUE: AIDS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, 1982 TO THE PRESENT 115(40)
The AIDS Victims of sub-Saharan Africa
115(1)
The Disease's Characteristics
116(2)
Search for a Vaccine and Effective Therapies
118(1)
The Origin of AIDS
118(1)
Disease Transmission
119(1)
AIDS as a Social Construct
120(4)
The Impact of AIDS
124(1)
AIDS Compared with Past Pandemics
125 (1)
The Extraordinary Aspects of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa
125(2)
Sources
127(27)
Notes
154(1)
EPILOGUE: MAKING CONNECTIONS 155(4)
BIBLIOGRAPHY 159(9)
INDEX 168


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