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Plagues in world history

By: Aberth, John

Part of the Exploring World History series
0742557065 / 9780742557062
Paperback
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14/12/2015
Stock expected by 17/12/2019
23 cm v, 243 pages, 5 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white)
Tertiary Education (US: College)  Learn More
Reprint. Originally published: 2011.

Plagues in World History provides a concise, comparative world history of catastrophic infectious diseases, including plague, smallpox, tuberculosis, cholera, influenza, and AIDS.

Geographically, these diseases have spread across the entire globe; temporally, they stretch from the sixth century to the present.

John Aberth considers not only the varied impact that disease has had upon human history but also the many ways in which people have been able to influence diseases simply through their cultural attitudes toward them.

The author argues that the ability of humans to alter disease, even without the modern wonders of antibiotic drugs and other medical treatments, is an even more crucial lesson to learn now that AIDS, swine flu, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and other seemingly incurable illnesses have raged worldwide.

Aberth's comparative analysis of how different societies have responded in the past to disease illuminates what cultural approaches have been and may continue to be most effective in combating the plagues of today.

BIC:

HBG General & world history, MBX History of medicine

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