Dates in Infectious Disease: A Chronological Record of Progress in Infectious Diseases over the Last Millennium

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Sometimes moving in leaps and bounds, sometimes inching forward, the underlying scientific principles of infectious diseases have become more fully understood. From bad air to bacteria, from Galen's description of smallpox to Gallo and Montaigner's breakthroughs with HIV and AIDS to the first vaccine trial for HIV, from the earliest discoveries to the latest developments, Dates in Infectious Diseases provides a timeline of information documenting the evolution of our current ...
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Overview

Sometimes moving in leaps and bounds, sometimes inching forward, the underlying scientific principles of infectious diseases have become more fully understood. From bad air to bacteria, from Galen's description of smallpox to Gallo and Montaigner's breakthroughs with HIV and AIDS to the first vaccine trial for HIV, from the earliest discoveries to the latest developments, Dates in Infectious Diseases provides a timeline of information documenting the evolution of our current knowledge.

The achievements and contributions of many doctors and scientists, some working together, some working simultaneously in different areas of the world, each building on the work of their predecessors, have lead to our increased understanding of infectious diseases. Dates in Infectious Diseases clearly illustrates the building-block nature of the discovery of scientific principles and their impact on our perception and practice in this field.

Sometimes moving in leaps and bounds, sometimes inching forward, the underlying scientific principles of infectious diseases have become more fully understood. From bad air to bacteria, from Galen's description of smallpox to Gallo and Montaigner's breakthroughs with HIV and AIDS to the first vaccine trial for HIV, from the earliest discoveries to the latest developments, Dates in Infectious Diseases provides a timeline of information documenting the evolution of our current knowledge. The achievements and contributions of many doctors and scientists, some working together, some working simultaneously in different areas of the world, each building on the work of their predecessors, have lead to our increased understanding of infectious diseases. Dates in Infectious Diseases clearly illustrates the building-block nature of the discovery of scientific principles and their impact on our perception and practice in this field.

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Reviewer: Laurel Preheim, MD (Creighton University)
Description: The author briefly notes important milestones in the history of infectious diseases dating from 1500 BC to 2000 AD. The book has a mere 125 pages (with generous margins) and contains 72 illustrations or photographs.
Purpose: The book strives to record in chronological order some of the key milestones in the development of understanding of infectious diseases that have taken place over the last millennium. The author correctly observes "The milestones listed here are indeed important ones but are by no means comprehensive."
Audience: The audience for this book would most likely consist of those individuals with little or no medical background who might be interested in a superficial chronologic history of infectious diseases.
Features: The book offers a broad but shallow approach to the history of infectious diseases. The author describes in one or two brief sentences a single milestone for each important year between 1500 BC and 2000 AD. There are numerous small illustrations and photographs of selected scientists who advanced the field. The book lacks both a table of contents and an index. There are no references, although the author acknowledges the National Library of Medicine, the World Health Organization, and the Nobel Foundation. Of note, the book credits several specific pharmaceutical firms for their development of anti-infectives. Other antimicrobials of equal or greater importance, however, go unmentioned.
Assessment: This book has little to offer anyone who has a serious interest in the history of infectious diseases.
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From the first known mention of dracunculiasis in 1500 BC to the New York West Nile virus scare in 2000, short entries chart important milestones in the understanding of the science of infectious diseases. The entries rarely exceed one sentence in their presentations of discoveries, events, and important personages. Some photo illustrations are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842141502
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/4/2002
  • Series: Landmarks in Medicine Series
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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Chronological list of dates from 1500 BC to the present.
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