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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This book uses data collected in the American journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for some 350 cities from around the world to look at trends in global mortality at the turn of the twentieth century, a period that witnessed some of the most dramatic changes in city growth on an international scale. The diseases considered are diphtheria, enteric fever, measles, scarlet fever, tuberculosis and whooping cough--as well as death from all causes. The data have never before been systematically analyzed and they give important insights into patterns of mortality from these diseases.
 

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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
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Appendices
380

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