Power of Plagues

ISBN-10: 1555813569

ISBN-13: 9781555813567

Edition: 2006

Authors: Irwin W. Sherman
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Description: The Power of Plagues offers a fascinating examination of epidemic diseases within a historical context. Engagingly written, this new volume presents the science of plagues in an understandable and accessible manner, describing the nature and evolution of diseases and conveying their significance in shaping Western culture and civilization. Chapters present individual, independent plagues stories complemented by relevant and historical illustrations. Major historic outbreaks are covered, including those of the Greek and Roman empires as well as the infamous Black Death. Contemporary and emerging diseases are comprehensively detailed, including HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, smallpox, SARS, West Nile virus infection, influenza, mad cow disease, and several others. Despite advancements in the development of antimicrobials and vaccines and in securing clean water and food supplies, modern civilizations are not immune to epidemic diseases. The Power of Plagues provides insight into the struggle to attain disease control and eradication and explores the challenge of forecasting emerging plagues. In doing so, it offers readers a deeper understanding of modern public health issues and the role of infectious diseases.

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ASM Press
Publication date: 12/21/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 431
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Preface
The Nature of Plagues
Plagues, the Price of Being Sedentary
Six Plagues of Antiquity
An Ancient Plague, the Black Death
A Modern Plague, AIDS
Typhus, A Fever Plague
Malaria, Another Fever Plague
King Cholera
Smallpox, The Spotted Plague
Preventing Plagues
The Plague Protectors
The Great Pox Syphilis
The People's Plague: Tuberculosis
Leprosy, the Striking Hand of God
Six Plagues of Africa
Plagues without Germs
Plagues On Order
Cells and Viruses
General Works on Disease and History
Notes
Index
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