Plagues & Poxes: The Impact of Human History on Epidemic Disease
Since publication of the initial version of Plagues & 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.
Among the many topics discussed are:
What people are saying - Write a review
Review: Plagues and Poxes: The Impact of Human History on Epidemic DiseaseUser Review - Kimber - Goodreads
I learned about every major disease . . . and how a cure was found. Most fascinating was the diseases caused by poor nutrition, like beri beri, pelagra, scurvy, etc. Read full review
Review: Plagues and Poxes: The Impact of Human History on Epidemic DiseaseUser Review - Betsy Curlin - Goodreads
This is a great account of the historical perspective on epidemics that have occurred in the world. The review of these episodes includes the probable origin of the major infectious diseases. This book also explores the origins of non-infectious diseases such as beriberi, scurvy, and pellagra. Read full review