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

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

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521808347
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2010
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS); 2. African Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping Sickness; 3. Ainhum; 4. Alzheimer's disease; 5. Amebic dysentery n; 6. Anemia; 7. Anorexia Nervosa; 8. Anthrax; 9. Apoplexy and Stroke; 10. Arboviruses; 11. Arenaviruses; 12. Arthritis (rheumatoid); 13. Ascariasis; 14. Bacillary dysentery; 15. Beriberi; 16. The Black Death; 17. Black and brown lung disease; 18. Bleeding disorders; 19. Botulism; 20. Brucellosis (Malta Fever, Undulant Fever); 21. Bubonic plague; 22. Cancer; 23. Carrion's disease (Oroya fever); 24. Catarrh; 25. Cestode infection; 26. Chagas' disease; 27. Chlorosis; 28. Cholera; 29. Cirrhosis; 30. Clonorchiasis; 31. Croup; 32. Cystic Fibrosis; 33. Cytomegalovirus infection; 34. Dengue; 35. Diabetes; 36. Diarrheal diseases (Acute); 37. Diphtheria; 38. Down Syndrome; 39. Dracunculiasis; 40. Dropsy; 41. Dysentery; 42. Dyspepsia; 43. Ebola virus disease; 44. Echinococcosis (Hydatidosis); 45. Eclampsia; 46. Emphysema; 47. Encephalitis Lethargica; 48. Enterobiasis; 49. Epilepsy; 50. Ergotism; 51. Erysipelas; 52. Fascioliasis; 53. Fasciolopsiasis; 54. Favism; 55. Filariasis; 56. Fungus infections (Mycoses); 57. Fungus poisoning; 58. Gallstones (Cholelithiasis); 59. Gangrene; 60. Genetic disease Eric J. Devor; 61. Giardiasis; 62. Glomerulonephritis (Bright's disease); 63. Goiter; 64. Gonorrhea; 65. Gout; 66. Heart-related diseases; 67. Herpes Simplex; 68. Herpesviruses; 69. Histoplasmosis; 70. Hookworm infection; 71. Huntington's disease (Chorea); 72. Hypertension; 73. Infectious hepatitis; 74. Infectious Mononucleosis 75. Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative, Colitis); 76. Influenza; 77. Japanese B Encephalitis; 78. Lactose intolerance and malabsorption; 79. Lassa fever; 80. Lead poisoning 81. Legionnaires' disease (Legionellosis, Pontiac Fever, Legionella Pneumonia); 82. Leishmaniasis; 83. Leprosy (Hansen's disease); 84. Leptospirosis 85. Leukemia; 86. Lupus Erythematosus; 87. Lyme Borreliosis (Lyme Disease) 88. Malaria; 89. Marburg virus disease; 90. Mastoiditis; 91. Measles; 92. Meningitis; 93. Milk sickness (tremetol poisoning); 94. Multiple Sclerosis; 95. Mumps; 96. Muscular dystrophy; 97. Myasthenia Gravis; 98. Nematode infection; 99. Onchocerciasis; 100. Ophthalmia (trachoma, conjunctivitis); 101. Osteoarthritis; 102. Osteoporosis; 103. Paget's disease of Bone; 104. Paragonimiasis; 105. Parkinson's disease (Parkinsonism); 106. Pellagra; 107. Periodontal disease (Pyorrhea); 108. Pica; 109. Pinta; 110. Plague of Athens; 111. Pneumocystis pneumonia (interstitial plasma cell pneumonia, pneumocystosis); 112. Pneumonia; 113. Poliomyelitis; 114. Protein-energy malnutrition; 115. Protozoan infection; 116. Puerperal fever; 117. Q fever; 118. Rabies; 119. Relapsing fever; 120. Rheumatic fever and Rheumatic heart disease; 121. Rickets and Osteomalacia; 122. Rickettsial diseases; 123. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and related diseases; 124. Rubella; 125. Saint Anthony's Fire 126. Scarlet fever; 127. Schistosomiasis; 128. Scrofula; 129. Scurvy; 130. Sickle-Cell Anemia; 131. Smallpox; 132. Streptococcal diseases; 133. Strongyloidiasis; 134. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); 135. Sudden unexplained death syndrome (Asian SUDS); 136. Sweating sickness 137. Syphilis; 138. Syphilis, nonvenereal; 139. Tapeworm infection; 140. Tay-Sachs disease; 141. Tetanus; 142. Tetanus, neonatal; 143. Tetany; 144. Toxoplasmosis; 145. Trematode infection; 146. Trench fever; 147. The Treponematoses; 148. Trichinosis; 149. Trichuriasis; 150. Tuberculosis; 151. Tularemia; 152. Typhoid fever; 153. Typhomalarial fever; 154. Typhus, epidemic; 155. Typhus, Murine; 156. Typhus, scrub (Tsutsugamushi); 157. Urolithiasis; 158. Varicella-Zoster virus disease (Chickenpox); 159. Whooping cough; 160. Yaws; 161. Yellow fever.

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