Epidemics and History: Disease, Power and Imperialism

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Yale University Press, 1999 - Medical - 400 pages
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This book is a major and wide-ranging study of the great epidemic scourges of humanity - plague, leprosy, smallpox, syphilis, cholera, and yellow fever/malaria - over the last six centuries. It is also much more. Sheldon Watts, a cultural and social historian who has spent much of his career studying and teaching in the worldʹs South, applies a wholly original perspective to the study of global disease, exploring the connections between the movement of epidemics and the manifestations of imperial power in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and in European homelands. He shows how the perceptions of whom a disease targeted changed over time and effected various political and medical responses. He argues that not only did Western medicine fail to cure the diseases that its own expansion engendered, but that imperial medicine was in fact an agent and tool of empire. -- Publisher description.
 

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Contents

The Human Response to Plague in Western
1
Leprosy and Lepers
40
Syphilis in West Europe
122
Great Britain
167
Cholera in India to c 1857
174
Cholera in Britain
186
Slavery and the Fevers in Atlantic Africa to c 1840 2 2 4
224
West Africa and Tropical Medicine 18951928 2 56
256
To the Epidemiologic Transition? 2 69
269
Notes
280
Select Bibliography
368
Index
385
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About the author (1999)

Watts is a former Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and visiting Associate Professor of History at the American University in Cairo.

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