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The first horseman : disease in human history

Aberth, John 1963- (Author).


The history of disease is as old as the history of humankind, and the two are intimately intertwined. Through four case studies spanning more than 650 years, from the mid-fourteenth century to the early twenty-first century, John Aberth examines the effects of bubonie and pneumonic plague, smallpox, and AIDS in such widely scattered areas of the world as Western Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, India, China, and sub-Saharan Africa. The deadly cast of characters is constantly changing, but the devastation and often (but not always) the human reactions, social consequences, and political responses are surprisingly similar.
If the study of world history has any utility, then the study of the manner in which diseases have ravaged human societies across the centuries and around the world should enable individuals to not only understand but to cope more wisely with the next epidemic. The history of diseases will go on, despite once-confident predictions of an end to epidemics in our times. Those who now wage the heroic struggle to find elusive cures to new plagues may find that they have more to learn from the past than had once been thought. Book jacket.

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  • ISBN: 0131893416
  • ISBN: 9780131893412
  • Physical Description: print
    xii, 177 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, ©2007.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-167) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The types and causes of disease -- The impact of disease -- Disease and the historian -- The spread of diseases -- Disease and society -- 1. A Eurasian pandemic : the black death in Europe and the Middle East, 1347-1350 -- The origins of the black death -- What was the black death? -- The black death as a social force -- The spread of the black death -- The mortality rate of the black death -- A turning point in history? -- Contemporary views of the black death -- The impact of the black death.
Subject: Centers for Disease Control (U.S.) Epidemic Intelligence Service.
Communicable diseases History
Plague History
Smallpox History
AIDS (Disease) History
Disease Outbreaks history
Communicable Diseases history
Communicable Disease Control
Plague history
Smallpox history
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome history

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