The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease

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The Cambridge World History of Human Disease (CWHHD) was first published by Cambridge in 1993. The basis of this Dictionary is Part VIII, the last section of the work, that comprises a history and description of the world's major diseases of yesterday and today in chapters organized alphabetically from "Acquired Immune Deficient Syndrome (AIDS)" to "Yellow Fever." The last section of CWHHD has been fully revised and the essays have been condensed into shorter entries, with up-to-date information on AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, Ebola, and Tuberculosis. The Dictionary also includes three chapters from other parts of the CWHHD on "Heart-Related Diseases," "Cancer," and Genetic Disease." Including contributions from over 100 medical and social scientists worldwide, the Dictionary is a truly interdisciplinary history of medicine and human disease. Kenneth Kiple is a distinguished professor of history at Bowling Green State University. His research and teaching interests include Latin America and the history of medicine, disease, and nutrition. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Institutes of Health. He is the editor of The Cambridge History of World Disease (Cambridge, 1993) and with Kriemhild Cone Ornelas, the award-winning Cambridge World History of Food (Cambridge, 2000). Contributors Geoffrey C. Ainsworth, Marvin J. Allison, Roy D. Altman, Jon Arrizabalaga, Arthur C. Aufderheide, William H. Barker, Thomas G. Benedek, Georges C. Benjamin, Francis L. Black, Alfred Jay Bollet, Allen M. Brandt, Donald R. Brothwell, Peter J. Brown, Ann G. Carmichael, Carter K. Codell, Peter S. Y. Chen, Thomas S. N. Chen, James D. Cherry, Thomas E. Cone, Jr., Donald B. Cooper, Christine E. Cronk, Alfred W. Crosby, Scott F. Davies, Charles W. Denk

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Published in 1993, The Cambridge World History of Human Disease met with overwhelmingly favorable reviews. It was a massive work, with extensive articles written by international scholars. To make a large part of that work available to libraries with more restricted budgets, the editor has taken a slightly condensed version of Part 8, which consists of a history and description of 161 major diseases, and published it as a separate volume. Aimed at the lay reader, the alphabetical entries range from less than a page to approximately seven pages in length and include characteristics of the disease and a brief history. The bibliographies that accompanied each article in the original version have been deleted here, and only a minimal number of articles have been updated. As a result, many new health discoveries and concerns are not covered (e.g., fetal cell research for Parkinson's, the chickenpox vaccine, debates over the destruction of the smallpox stockpile, and the bioterrorism concerns surrounding anthrax), though the entries on AIDS, Alzheimer's, Ebola, and tuberculosis include brief postscripts by the editor that discuss new developments. More recent information on the diseases presented here is easily located in such resources as Gale's Health & Wellness Resource Center database or the Merck Manual: Home Edition. Libraries owning the original Cambridge volume will not need this condensation. Smaller libraries looking for an inexpensive, easy-to-use general history of disease may find it useful; otherwise, this reviewer recommends waiting for a more complete revision.-Tina Neville, Univ. of South Florida at St. Petersburg Lib. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"To read many of these esssays is to embark on a fascinating intellectual journey, if only because they illustrate not only what is known about individual diseases but what remains a mystery." ISIS

"...probably the single most valuable reference work for any scholar of human health and medicine..." American Journal of Human Biology

Praise for Kiple's recent Cambridge World History of Food...

"The paperback contains short, alphabetical entries from more than 100 medical and social scientists around the world written more in layman's terms than the original...In addition to serving as a resource for university medical history students, the book will appeal to the average reader." Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune

"This is one of the best resources available for background and perspective on the diseases that afflict human beings ... Worth keeping close by for handy reference." Bloomsbury Review

"An epicure fantasy encyclopedia come to life." Bon Appetit

"To read many of these esssays is to embark on a fascinating intellectual journey, if only because they illustrate not only what is known about individual diseases but what remains a mystery." ISIS

"It's hard not to feel a giggly kind of pleasure at the full extent of knowledge on display in the Cambridge World History of Food." The New Yorker

"In a word: Wow...The World History of Food is part fascinating reading, part essential reference tool. What's not in here dosen't exist." USA Today

"If you want to know more about what ailed your ancestors, this book will give you the details. For each disease—from AIDS to Yellow Fever—you'll learn about the common names, history, and symptoms and characteristics. This text's especially helpful if you're writing a family history and want to explain the symptoms of an ancestor's disease." Family Tree Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521530262
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 1,021,797
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) 1
2 African Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping Sickness) 7
3 Ainhum 14
4 Alzheimer's Disease 14
5 Amebic Dysentery 19
6 Anemia 21
7 Anorexia Nervosa 26
8 Anthrax 29
9 Apoplexy and Stroke 31
10 Arboviruses 34
11 Arenaviruses 38
12 Arthritis (Rheumatoid) 39
13 Ascariasis 42
14 Bacillary Dysentery 43
15 Beriberi 44
16 Black Death 49
17 Black and Brown Lung Disease 52
18 Bleeding Disorders 54
19 Botulism 57
20 Brucellosis (Malta Fever, Undulant Fever) 58
21 Bubonic Plague 60
22 Cancer 63
23 Carrion's Disease (Oroya Fever) 67
24 Catarrh 69
25 Cestode Infection 70
26 Chagas' Disease 70
27 Chlorosis 71
28 Cholera 74
29 Cirrhosis 79
30 Clonorchiasis 81
31 Croup 81
32 Cystic Fibrosis 83
33 Cytomegalovirus Infection 84
34 Dengue 85
35 Diabetes 88
36 Diarrheal Diseases (Acute) 92
37 Diphtheria 94
38 Down Syndrome 96
39 Dracunculiasis 98
40 Dropsy 100
41 Dysentery 105
42 Dyspepsia 105
43 Ebola Virus Disease 107
44 Echinococcosis (Hydatidosis) 110
45 Eclampsia 110
46 Emphysema 112
47 Encephalitis Lethargica 114
48 Enterobiasis 116
49 Epilepsy 116
50 Ergotism 120
51 Erysipelas 121
52 Fascioliasis 123
53 Fasciolopsiasis 123
54 Favism 123
55 Filariasis 125
56 Fungus Infections (Mycoses) 128
57 Fungus Poisoning 132
58 Gallstones (Cholelithiasis) 134
59 Gangrene 136
60 Genetic Disease 138
61 Giardiasis 144
62 Glomerulonephritis (Bright's Disease) 144
63 Goiter 146
64 Gonorrhea 150
65 Gout 153
66 Heart-Related Diseases 156
67 Herpes Simplex 161
68 Herpesviruses 162
69 Histoplasmosis 163
70 Hookworm Infection 165
71 Huntington's Disease (Chorea) 168
72 Hypertension 169
73 Infectious Hepatitis 171
74 Infectious Mononucleosis 174
75 Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis) 175
76 Influenza 178
77 Japanese B Encephalitis 181
78 Lactose Intolerance and Malabsorption 182
79 Lassa Fever 184
80 Lead Poisoning 185
81 Legionnaires' Disease (Legionellosis, Pontiac Fever, Legionella Pneumonia) 189
82 Leishmaniasis 191
83 Leprosy (Hansen's Disease) 192
84 Leptospirosis 195
85 Leukemia 196
86 Lupus Erythematosus 199
87 Lyme Borreliosis (Lyme Disease) 201
88 Malaria 203
89 Marburg Virus Disease 207
90 Mastoiditis 208
91 Measles 211
92 Meningitis 214
93 Milk Sickness (Tremetol Poisoning) 218
94 Multiple Sclerosis 220
95 Mumps 222
96 Muscular Dystrophy 224
97 Myasthenia Gravis 225
98 Nematode Infection 227
99 Onchocerciasis 228
100 Ophthalmia (Trachoma, Conjunctivitis) 230
101 Osteoarthritis 234
102 Osteoporosis 236
103 Paget's Disease of Bone 238
104 Paragonimiasis 240
105 Parkinson's Disease (Parkinsonism) 240
106 Pellagra 242
107 Periodontal Disease (Pyorrhea) 244
108 Pica 247
109 Pinta 250
110 Plague of Athens 251
111 Pneumocystis Pneumonia (Interstitial Plasma Cell Pneumonia, Pneumocystosis) 254
112 Pneumonia 255
113 Poliomyelitis 258
114 Protein-Energy Malnutrition 261
115 Protozoan Infection 265
116 Puerperal Fever 265
117 Q Fever 267
118 Rabies 270
119 Relapsing Fever 275
120 Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease 277
121 Rickets and Osteomalacia 280
122 Rickettsial Diseases 282
123 Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Related Diseases 283
124 Rubella 285
125 Saint Anthony's Fire 287
126 Scarlet Fever 288
127 Schistosomiasis 290
128 Scrofula 292
129 Scurvy 295
130 Sickle-Cell Anemia 298
131 Smallpox 300
132 Steptococcal Diseases 304
133 Strongyloidiasis 306
134 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) 306
135 Sudden Unexplained Death Syndrome (Asian SUDS) 309
136 Sweating Sickness 311
137 Syphilis 312
138 Syphilis, Nonvenereal 317
139 Tapeworm Infection 319
140 Tay-Sachs Disease 320
141 Tetanus 323
142 Tetanus, Neonatal 326
143 Tetany 328
144 Toxoplasmosis 330
145 Trematode Infection 331
146 Trench Fever 331
147 The Treponematoses 331
148 Trichinosis 333
149 Trichuriasis 336
150 Tuberculosis 336
151 Tularemia 342
152 Typhoid Fever 345
153 Typhomalarial Fever 349
154 Typhus, Epidemic 352
155 Typhus, Murine 355
156 Typhus, Scrub (Tsutsugamushi) 355
157 Urolithiasis 357
158 Varicella-Zoster Virus Disease (Chickenpox) 359
159 Whooping Cough 360
160 Yaws 362
161 Yellow Fever 365
Index 371
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