Plagues & Poxes: The Impact of Human History on Epidemic Disease / Edition 1by Alfred Bollet, Alfred Jay
Since publication of the initial version of Plagues and Poxes in 1987, which had the optimistic subtitle "The Rise and Fall of Epidemic Disease," the rise of new diseases such as AIDS and the deliberate modification and weaponization of diseases such as anthrax have changed the way we perceive infectious disease. With major modifications to deal with this new/i>… See more details below
Since publication of the initial version of Plagues and Poxes in 1987, which had the optimistic subtitle "The Rise and Fall of Epidemic Disease," the rise of new diseases such as AIDS and the deliberate modification and weaponization of diseases such as anthrax have changed the way we perceive infectious disease. With major modifications to deal with this new reality, the acclaimed author of Civil War Medicine: Challenges and Triumphs has updated and revised this series of essays about changing disease patterns in history and some of the key events and people involved in them. It deals with the history of major outbreaks of disease both infectious diseases such as plague and smallpox and noninfectious diseases and shows how they are in many cases caused inadvertently by human actions, including warfare, commercial travel, social adaptations, and dietary modifications. To these must now be added discussion of the intentional spreading of disease by acts of bioterrorism, and the history and knowledge of those diseases that are thought to be potential candidates for intentional spread by bioterrorists.
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Table of Contents"Introduction: Unintentional Causes of Epidemic Diseases: The Effect of Human History on Disease. Infectious Diseases.Bubonic Plague; The Little Flies that Brought Death: Part 1: Malaria; The Little Flies that Brought Death: Part 2: Yellow Fever; The Great Pox: Syphilis; The Smallpox; Safe Water And Unsafe Water: Epidemic Cholera; President Wilson and the Blitzkatarrh: The story of the great Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919; The Rise and Fall of Epidemic Poliomyelitis: Why Did Franklin Delano Roosevelt Get Infantile Paralysis As An Adult?. Non-Infectious Diseases. Beriberi: An Epidemic That Affected Rice-Eaters; The Three M's Produce The Four D's: The Epidemics of Pellagra; The Purpura Nautica: Epidemic Scurvy; Dying for a Cigar? How about a Cigarette? Part I: Smoking and Epidemic Cancer: A Story of Two Presidents and a Prince ; Dying for a cigar? How about a cigarette? Part II: The Death of President Harding: Poisoning or the Start of an Epidemic?; Rickets; Gout. Intentionally Induced Diseases: Bioterrorism. The most feared induced diseases: anthrax and botulism; Conclusion: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Epidemic Disease, Intentional and Unintentional."
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