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From the Publisher"Written by a leading historian of medicine, Africa in the Time of Cholera offers readers a timely, compelling, and deeply disturbing analysis of Africa’s history of cholera pandemics. Myron Echenberg skillfully shows that cholera has made crucial, tragic contributions to human history, and that past pandemics in Africa provide us with points of critical reflection for the present pandemic. This book is absolutely essential reading for those interested in global health, development, humanitarian interventions, and politics in Africa."
Tamara Giles-Vernick, Institut Pasteur
"Cholera was once the quintessential disease of modernity, revealing the contours of a new global economy under the Pax Britannica. Today, it a disease of famines and failed states. In Africa in the Time of Cholera, Myron Echenberg guides us expertly through this transition, shedding new light on nearly two-hundred years of conflict, colonialism, and environmental change. His book is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Africa or the history of disease more generally."
Mark Harrision, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford
"Myron Echenberg’s book is path-breaking. It makes a seminal contribution to global public health and historical epidemiology, and it will become a standard reference for scholars and policy analysts who strive to understand the reasons for cholera outbreaks within Africa and across the globe. It is also in the vanguard of a new field of scholarship and teaching: the history of global public health."
James L. A. Webb, Jr, Colby College
"[An] informative history …"
Nicolas Van De Walle, Foreign Affairs
"Africa in the Time of Cholera should remain the standard treatment of this subject for years."
Christopher Cumo, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History
"Echenberg has nicely summarized the history of cholera for the well-known Africa Studies Series, organizing his work by combining the first six pandemics - 1817 to 1947 - for the initial half of this book and then considering the seventh pandemic - 1947 to the present - as the last half of the book."
Frederick Holmes, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences