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Epidemics and pandemics

their impacts on human history

Published by ABC-CLIO in Santa Barbara, Calif .
Written in English

About the Book

Great pandemics have resulted in significant death tolls and major social disruption. Other "virgin soil" epidemics have struck down large percentages of populations that had no previous contact with newly introduced microbes. Written by a specialist in the history of science and medicine, the essays in this volume discuss pandemics and epidemics affecting Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia, covering diseases in ancient times to the present. Each entry combines biological and social information to form a picture of the significance of epidemics that have shaped world history.The essays cover the areas of major pandemics, virgin soil epidemics, disruptive shocks, and epidemics of symbolic interest. Included are facts about what an epidemic was, where and when it occurred, how contemporaries reacted, and the unresolved historical issues remaining. This fascinating material is written at a level suitable for scholars and the general public.

Table of Contents

Epidemic in Athens, 430-427 B.C
Malaria in ancient Rome
Plague of the antonines
First plague pandemic, 541-747
Smallpox epidemic in Japan, 735-737
Leprosy in medieval Europe
Second plague pandemic, 1346-1844
"French disease" in sixteenth century Europe
Epidemics in sixteenth century America
Epidemics and the thirty years' war, 1618-1648
Plague in Italian cities, 1630s
Epidemics in China, 1640-1644
Plague in London, 1665
Smallpox in Iceland, 1707-1709
Plague in Marseilles, 1720-1722
Smallpox in Boston, 1721
Smallpox in eighteenth century Europe
Plague in Moscow, 1771
Influenza pandemic, 1781-1782
Yellow fever in Hispaniola, 1793-1804
Yellow fever in Philadelphia, 1793
First cholera pandemic, 1817-1824
Consumption in the nineteenth century
Second cholera pandemic, 1827-1835
Third cholera pandemic, 1839-1856
"Fevers" and the great famine in Ireland, 1846-1850
Typhoid fever in cities, 1850-1920
Yellow fever in New Orleans, 1853
Fourth cholera pandemic, 1863-1875
Carrin's disease in peru, 1870-1871
Smallpox in europe, 1870-1875
Measles in fiji, 1875
Fifth cholera pandemic, 1881-1896
Influenza pandemic, 1889-1890
Cholera epidemic in Hamburg, 1892
Third plague pandemic, 1894-?
Sixth cholera pandemic, 1899-1923
Sleeping sickness in east central Africa, 1900-1905
Typhoid Mary's "epidemics"
Cholera epidemic in Naples, 1910-1911
Poliomyelitis in the United States, 1916
Influenza pandemic, 1918-1919
Lung cancer in the United States, mid-twentieth century
Poliomyelitis in the United States, 1945-1955
Seventh cholera pandemic, 1961-present
Aids in the United States, 1980s
Contemporary aids pandemic
The mad cow crisis and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, 1985-present
Contemporary malaria
Contemporary tuberculosis

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
RA649 .H293 2005

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p. cm.

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1851096582, 1851096639
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