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Plague's progress : a social history of man and disease


0753814439 / 9780753814437
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20 cm 266p.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Gollancz, 1995.
Winner of the 1996 Rhone-Poulenc Prize Reissued in new cover design alongside The Biography of a Germ'A riveting and scary read' Esquire 'Chock-full of the most devastating accounts of plagues and graphic descriptions of the diseases which cause them ... blood-curdling' Guardian 'Excellent. It is he most frightening (and sobering) book I have seen since How We Die, and leaves one wondering about the nature of 'progress' ' Oliver Sacks

The Black Death, the Great Plague, leprosy, smallpox: the very names now have a historical - almost a mythological - ring.

With our space-age hospitals and wonder drugs, surely we've consigned pestilence to the past!

Even AIDS hasn't succeeded in persuading us otherwise...In this shocking, scintillating book, biohistorian Arno Karlen questions this complacent conspiracy, tracing the continuities of contagion from ancient times to the present day.

An epic of epidemic, the story is, he says, anything but over: indeed we may well be standing on the brink of disaster.



W 1996 Rhone-Poulenc Science Books Prize

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