Deciphering Global Epidemics: Analytical Approaches to the Disease Records of World Cities, 1888-1912

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Overview

This book uses data collected in the American journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for some 350 cities from around the world to look at trends in global mortality at the turn of the twentieth century, a period that witnessed some of the most dramatic changes in city growth on an international scale. The diseases considered are diphtheria, enteric fever, measles, scarlet fever, tuberculosis and whooping cough—as well as death from all causes. The data have never before been systematically analyzed and they give important insights into patterns of mortality from these diseases.

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"...an important contribution to the still thin area of historical epidemiology..." Vincent J. Knapp, American Historical Review

"This work, which folds together the fields of geopgraphy, history, demography, economics, epidemiology, and public health (among others), is interdisciplinary history at its best." Kenneth F. Kiple, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521478601
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography Series , #26
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of plates; List of tables; Foreword; Preface; 1. Prologue: epidemics past; 2. The nature of the evidence; 3. The global sample: an overall picture; 4. Epidemic trends: a global synthesis; 5. Comparing world regions; 6. The individual city record; 7. Epidemics: looking forwards; Appendices; References.

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