Encyclopedia of Pestilence, Pandemics, and Plagues (Volumes 1-2) [NOOK Book]

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From the Athenian flu pandemic to the Black Death to AIDS, this extensive two-volume set offers a sociocultural, historical, and medical look at infectious diseases and their place in human history from Neolithic times to the present. Nearly 300 entries cover individual diseases (such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, Ebola, and SARS); major epidemics (such as the Black Death, 16th-century syphilis, cholera in the nineteenth century, and the Spanish Flu of 1918-19); environmental factors (such as ecology, travel, poverty, ...

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Encyclopedia of Pestilence, Pandemics, and Plagues (Volumes 1-2)

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Overview

From the Athenian flu pandemic to the Black Death to AIDS, this extensive two-volume set offers a sociocultural, historical, and medical look at infectious diseases and their place in human history from Neolithic times to the present. Nearly 300 entries cover individual diseases (such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, Ebola, and SARS); major epidemics (such as the Black Death, 16th-century syphilis, cholera in the nineteenth century, and the Spanish Flu of 1918-19); environmental factors (such as ecology, travel, poverty, wealth, slavery, and war); and historical and cultural effects of disease (such as the relationship of Romanticism to Tuberculosis, the closing of London theaters during plague epidemics, and the effect of venereal disease on social reform). Editor Joseph P. Byrne, together with an advisory board of specialists and over 100 scholars, research scientists, and medical practitioners from 13 countries, has produced a uniquely interdisciplinary treatment of the ways in which diseases pestilence, and plagues have affected human life. Primary source sidebars, over 70 illustrations, a glossary, and an extensive print and nonprint bibliography round out the work.

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Diseases like the avian flu and SARS have garnered media attention over the past few years. This work covers both modern and historical epidemics and diseases, examining them from a cultural and societal perspective. Byrne, a historian of medieval and early modern Europe, developed this volume with help from an advisory board of specialists-including librarians-and over 100 contributors of various academic backgrounds. The book begins with a listing of over 300 entries and a guide to related topics section that shows the entries in categories such as biological causes of disease, epidemics and other historical disease outbreaks, and war. Some entries (e.g., "yellow fever") are specifically related to various countries or continents. Scattered throughout are sidebars from primary resources, such as passages from books and letters. In addition to a glossary, the encyclopedia concludes with an extensive bibliography of both electronic and print resources of interest to those needing more information.
—Rebecca Raszewski

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573569590
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

JOSEPH P. BYRNE is a cultural and social historian of medieval and early modern Europe and Professor of Honors Humanities at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has written several hundred book reviews and short articles on a wide range of historical subjects and has published The Black Death (2004) and Daily Life during the Black Death (2006) with Greenwood Press.

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Table of Contents

List of Entries

Guide to Related Topics

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

The Encyclopedia

Glossary

Bibliography

About the Editors and Contributors

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