The Cambridge World History of Human Disease

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Kenneth F. Kiple
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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In 1886, the last time a task of this scale was approached, August Hirsch was able to compile the Handbook of Geographical and Historical Pathology (New Syndenham Society, 1883-86) on his own; now ... Read full review

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