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

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 1998 - History - 469 pages
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Using data collected for 350 cities from around the world, the authors use a variety of analytical methods to provide a global picture of what was happening to infectious epidemic diseases at a critical period in urban evolution on the international stage. The diseases considered are diphtheria, enteric fever, measles, scarlet fever, tuberculosis, and whooping cough. To place the results in a wider time context, other data are used to look both backwards and forwards for nearly a century on either side of the twenty-five-year time window. The book presents a number of results that may be interpreted in the context of debates on the causes of long-term mortality decline from these infectious diseases. It will be of interest to students of demography, history of medicine, and economic history as well as to researchers already active in these fields.
 

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Contents

Prologue epidemics past
1
The nature of the evidence
41
The global sample an overall picture
83
Epidemic trends a global
133
Comparing world regions
183
The individual city record
236
Appendix to chapter 6
309
Epidemics looking forwards
313
Primary data sources
381
International epidemiological sources
386
National epidemiological sources
393
International and national epidemiological agencies
415
Chapter notes
417
References
424
Index
447
Copyright

Appendices
380

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