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The Cambridge world history of human disease /
editor, Kenneth F. Kiple ; executive editor, Rachael Rockwell Graham ; associate editors, David Frey ... [et al.] ; assistant editors, Alicia Browne ... [et al.].
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
description
xxiv, 1176 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0521332869 (hc)
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Book
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
isbn
0521332869 (hc)
catalogue key
3059742
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1992-11-15:
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, because of the knowledge explosion, it has taken 150 authors. In an attempt to provide an exhaustive and definitive world history of human disease and to document the present state of knowledge for the future, editor Kiple has brought together contributions from medical specialists, historians, anthropologists, and other researchers. Emphasis, however, is on Western medicine. Divided into eight parts, the volume consists of 218 chapters, each two to 15 pages in length, written by specialists but easily accessible to lay readers. Each article is followed by an extensive and useful bibliography. Part 1 offers an overview of the history of disease from prehistory to the present. Part 2 covers human understanding of the concept of disease. Part 3 chronicles genetics and the rise of nontraditional Western specialties such as chiropractic medicine and public health projects. Part 4 presents a demographic approach to disease. Parts 5 through 7 look at disease from a geographical perspective. Part 8, a little more than half the book at 560 pages, is a detailed description of the history and present state of 158 separate diseases, from AIDS to yellow fever. This is an ideal source for reference questions, term papers, hard research data, and clinical background. Highly recommended.-- Eric D. Albright, Galter Health Sciences Lib., Northwestern Univ., Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1993-10:
These 218 essays summarize current understanding of the medical characteristics and geographic patterns of the major human diseases throughout history. The first section includes an overview of major medical systems as they evolved historically around the globe; a discussion of changing concepts and measures of health and disease; and an overview of modern immunology, nutrition, and genetics. Subsequent chapters sketch disease patterns across the major regions of the world, from ancient historical periods up to the modern era. The second half of the book has 158 chapters on historically important infectious diseases such as typhus, plague, tuberculosis, and smallpox, as well as diseases of modern significance such as AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and anorexia nervosa. The 38-page index has numerous cross-references and historical synonyms for diseases. The book's emphasis on social dimensions of disease is somewhat uneven; nevertheless, as a base upon which future research, debate, and reinterpretation can develop, it is a sorely-needed reference text for historians and other social scientists, and for health workers seeking historical perspective and sources on contemporary diseases. Advanced undergraduate through professional. S. H. Zurbrigg; Dalhousie University
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"The Cambridge World History of Human Disease is probably the single most valuable reference work for any scholar of human health and medicine....[T]his work covers an enormous range of biology, history, anthropology, and epidemiology with impressive depth." Lawrence M. Schell et al., American Journal of Human Biology
"The publication of this epoch-making book testifies to the range and the maturity of contemporary scholarship in the history of medicine. It will quickly become indispensable to students of epidemiology and related fields." Gary B. Ferngren, New England Journal of Medicine
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Main Description
Combining recent medical discoveries with historical and geographical scholarship, The Cambridge World History of Human Disease traces the concept of disease throughout history and in each major world region. It offers the history and geography of each significant human disease--both historical and contemporary--from AIDS to yellow fever, and touches on the variety of approaches that different medical traditions have used to fight disease. Accessible to laypeople and specialists alike, The Cambridge World History of Human Disease offers an extraordinary glimpse of what is known about human health as the twenty-first century begins. This important book is now being reissued with a fresh new jacket design.
Main Description
Combining recent medical discoveries with historical and geographical scholarship, this is the most comprehensive history of human disease since August Hirsch's monumental Handbook of Geographical and Historical Pathology in 1880. Accessible to laypeople and specialists alike, The Cambridge World History of Human Disease explores the patterns of disease throughout the world as well as the variety of approaches that different medical traditions have used to fight it. The volume traces the concept of disease as medicine developed from an art to a science, then addresses the history of disease in each major world region. The final and largest part offers the history and geography of each significant human disease - both historical and contemporary - from AIDS to yellow fever. A truly interdisciplinary history, it includes contributions from over 160 medical and social scientists from across the globe. Together with The Cambridge World History of Food (2000), The Cambridge World History of Human Disease provides an extraordinary glimpse of what is known about human health as the twenty-first century begins.
Description for Bookstore
Combining recent medical discoveries with historical and geographical scholarship, this volume traces the concept of disease throughout history and in each major world region, and discusses every significant human disease. Accessible to laypeople and specialists alike, it offers an extraordinary glimpse of what is known about human health.
Description for Library
Combining recent medical discoveries with historical and geographical scholarship, The Cambridge World History of Human Disease traces the concept of disease throughout history and in each major world region. It offers the history and geography of each significant human disease - both historical and contemporary - from AIDS to yellow fever, and touches on the variety of approaches that different medical traditions have used to fight disease. Accessible to laypeople and specialists alike, this volume offers an extraordinary glimpse of what is known about human health as the twenty-first century begins.
Table of Contents
Medicine and Disease: An Overview
Changing Concepts of Health and Disease
Medical Specialities and Disease Prevention
Measuring Health
The History of Human Disease in the World Outside Asia
The History of Human Disease in Asia
The Geography of Human Disease
The Major Human Diseases Past and Present
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