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American Plagues: Lessons from Our Battles with Disease / Edition 1

American Plagues: Lessons from Our Battles with Disease / Edition 1

by Stephen H. Gehlbach


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ISBN-13: 9780071437905
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 273
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Stephen H. Gehlbach, MD, MPH, is Dean Emeritus of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He served in the Epidemic Intelligence Service with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based in Atlanta. A past president of the Council on Education for Public Health, the national accrediting body for academic public health programs in the United States, he chaired numerous site visits to schools of public health across the country. A committed educator throughout his career he currently teaches courses in the fields of epidemiology and preventive medicine including “Clinical Preventive Services” and “Epidemiology and Medical Care.” In 2010 he received a Fulbright award to Lebanon where he taught and advised students in a health sciences program. Gehlbach has authored two books related to epidemiology: Interpreting the Medical Literature, and American Plagues: Lessons from Our Battles with Disease. He has also been an active medical researcher with over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has been a core member of a research team conducting an international, cohort study of osteoporosis in women that has followed over 50,000 women in 10 countries for 6 years.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Gunpowder and Calomel: Benjamin Rush and the Malignant Yellow Fever1
Chapter 2Doctors and Ministers: Smallpox in Boston, 172123
Chapter 3Noddle's Island Experiment: Benjamin Waterhouse and Vaccination47
Chapter 4Scourge of the Middle West: Autumnal Fever and Daniel Drake69
Chapter 5Improving the Numbers: Lemuel Shattuck's Report93
Chapter 6Adirondack Cure: Consumption and Edward Trudeau123
Chapter 7The Beginning and the End: Epidemic Poliomyelitis155
Chapter 8A Cancer Grows: Edward R. Murrow and the Cigarette183
Chapter 9Searching America's Heart: The Framingham Study209
Chapter 10Continuing Story: Present Plagues233

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