Armies of Pestilence: The Impact of Disease on History

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James Clarke & Co., 2004 - Medical - 258 pages
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The influence that disease has had on history has often been hidden behind the more 'glorious' exploits of individuals and monarchs. In Armies of Pestilence R.S. Bray offers a fresh contribution to the impact that illnesses have had on world history. The periods discussed span from the Biblical accounts of epidemics, through the Justinian plague (what was that deadly disease that has kept scientists in contention right through to the present day'), to the miscalculated 1976 influenza epidemic from which the American government took a long time to recover. Dr. Bray covers the Plague (the scourge of medieval Europe), malaria, yellow fever, smallpox, typhus and cholera. The author offers a comprehensive evaluation of many other works, both scientific and historical, which provide a vast basis for research on this subject. His vigorous style and timely injections of humour make this an absorbing and accessible book.
 

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I initially read this book as a backdrop to help with genealogy patterns and migrations. It is an excellent book of history, genealogy reference, and health issues that have spanned the ages. I didn't think I would get that interested in this one, but WOW! was I wrong!! Read full review

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excellent historic account of the major diseases to have plagued the earth Read full review

Contents

Plague Justinians Plague part 1
19
Plague Justinians Plague part 3
35
Plague The Black Death part 1 48
68
Plague The Bombay Plague
81
Malaria part 2
96
Smallpox part 1
114
Smallpox part 3
129
Typhus part 2
144
Cholera part 2
167
Cholera part 4
187
Influenza part 2
202
Bibliography
223
Index
237
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