The Cambridge World History of Human Disease

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 29, 1993 - History - 1176 pages
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Combining recent work in medicine with historical and geographical scholarship, this volume offers a comprehensive history of human disease, treating its manifestations throughout the world as well as the variety of approaches the different medical traditions have used to fight it. The first four sections trace the roots of medicine and the concept of disease throughout history. As medicine developed from an art to a science, the idea of disease expanded, encompassing not only plagues and epidemics but also maladies connected with genetics, nutrition, and substance abuse. This history introduces the reader to the interplay of human migration, epidemiology and immunology, and examines the different medical traditions as well as attempts outside medicine to control disease. The second part of the volume is a three-part section that describes the history of disease in major regions of the world. This section explores the particular patterns of disease in each major region, including an overview of global disease ecologies. The final largest section provides the history and geography of each significant human disease from AIDS to Yellow Fever. Each entry is divided into medical, historical, and geographical sections, and the range of diseases includes both historical and current afflictions. Explicit indices and cross-references are also included to help guide the reader in exploring a topic from the variety of approaches and degrees of detail found in the volume. This is the most comprehensive volume of its kind since the monumental Handbook of Geographical and Historical Pathology by August Hirsch in 1880. The Cambridge World History of Human Disease contains contributions from over160 medical and social scientists (anthropologists, demographers, geographers, economists, historians, and medical researchers) from all over the globe, making it a truly interdisciplinary history of medicine and human disease. It has been written so as to be accessible to laymen and specialists alike.

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Kenneth F. Kiple is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His edited collections include The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease (2003); The Cambridge World History of Food (2000, with Kriemhild Conee Ornelas); Biological Consequences of European Expansion 1450 1800 (1997, with Stephen V. Beck); Plague, Pox, and Pestilence: Disease in History (1997); The Cambridge History of World Disease (1993); and The African Exchange: Toward a Biological History of Black People (1987). Kiple is author of The Caribbean Slave: A Biological History (1984); Another Dimension to the Black Diaspora: Diet, Disease, and Racism (1981); and Blacks in Colonial Cuba 1774 1899 (1976, with Virginia Himmelsteib King). His considerable body of written works also includes numerous articles and essays in scholarly journals and books. His work has been supported with grants and fellowships from institutions including the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society and the National Institutes of Health.

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