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Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World

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1st
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9781555814663

ISBN10:
1555814662
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
9/1/2007
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AMERICAN SOCIETY MICROBIOLOGY
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Summary

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 porphyria, hemophilia, blight, tuberculosis, cholera, smallpox, bubonic plague, influenza, malaria, yellow fever, syphilis, 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 forbearers survived the onslaught of "plagues" and how we might avoid their devastating consequences in the future.

Author Biography

Irwin W. Sherman, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Riverside

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Legacy of Disease: Porphyria and Hemophiliap. 1
The Irish Potato Blightp. 19
Cholerap. 33
Smallpox: the Speckled Monsterp. 50
Bubonic Plaguep. 68
Syphilis: the Great Poxp. 83
Tuberculosis: the People's Plaguep. 104
Malariap. 130
Yellow Fever: the Saffron Scourgep. 143
The Great Influenzap. 158
AIDS: the 21st Century Plaguep. 174
Epiloguep. 195
Notesp. 199
Indexp. 207
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