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Who Gave Pinta to the Santa Maria? Torrid Diseases in a Temperate World

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ISBN-10: 0393332640

ISBN-13: 9780393332643

Edition: N/A

Authors: Robert S. Desowitz

List price: $19.95
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We live in a medical fool's paradise, comforted, believing our sanitized Western world is safe from the microbes and parasites of the tropics. Not so, nor was it ever so.Past--and present--tell us that tropical diseases are as American as the heart attack; yellow fever lived happily for centuries in Philadelphia. Malaria liked it fine in Washington, not to mention in the Carolinas where it took right over. The Ebola virus stopped off in Baltimore, and the Mexican pig tapeworm has settled comfortably among orthodox Jews in Brooklyn.This book starts with the little creatures the first American immigrants brought with them on the long walk from Siberia 50,000 years ago. It moves on to all that…    
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/1980
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 260
Size: 5.63" wide x 8.43" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Robert S. Desowitz, a leading epidemiologist, is the author of New Guinea Tape Worms and Jewish Grandmothers and The Malaria Capers, among other books. He lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina.