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World epidemics : a cultural chronology of disease from prehistory to the era of Sars /
Mary Ellen Snodgrass.
imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2003.
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vii, 479 p.
ISBN
0786416629 (illustrated case : alk. paper)
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imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2003.
isbn
0786416629 (illustrated case : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5034561
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
The award-winning Mary Ellen Snodgrass lives and writes in Hickory, North Carolina
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2004-05-01:
The chronological format of this title distinguishes it from the many books on the history of disease. General entries for each year precede monthly or daily accounts of outbreaks. Covering prehistory to 2003, articles describe the cultural, historical, and sociological ramifications of diseases. This format suits historians wanting to trace events through time, but readers wishing to follow a disease must use the index to locate dated entries. Additional features include a glossary, a map, and a chart of epidemic diseases--their early incidence and sources. Bibliographies include primary sources and take a variety of forms: alphabetical, chronological, by disease. Libraries that own The Cambridge World History of Human Disease, ed. by Kenneth Kiple (CH, Oct'93), or its updated condensation, The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease (CH, Oct'03), will not need this volume. Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence, ed. by G.C. Kohn (2001), provides access both by disease and date but does not emphasize cultural factors. For more depth, Alfred Evans's Causation and Disease: A Chronological Journey (1993) covers 19th- and 20th-century advances in epidemiology. Mark Cohen's Health and the Rise of Civilization (CH, Jan'90) discusses the interrelationship of disease, cultural evolution, and scientific advances. Contagion: Epidemics, History and Culture from Smallpox to Anthrax, ed. by Alison Bashford and Claire Hooker (2002), treats broad cultural and philosophical issues. A welcome addition for many reference collections. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General, undergraduate, and graduate readers. J. S. Whelan Massachusetts General Hospital
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Main Description
This chronology gives entries on the impact upon human culture of epidemic illness and death throughout history. From the bone deposits suggesting yaws bacteria on a femur from 498,000 BCE, to an outbreak of sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, the work covers demographics, symptoms, community health, nursing, study, prevention, treatment and the control of disease throughout history. Biographical information on notables who identified and battled disease such as Galen and Benjamin Rush is also included. Enhancing the historical data are maps of resurgent vector-borne diseases and comparative charts of types of infection, results of scourges, and rough estimates of people affected by each event. A glossary and pronunciation key clarifies 106 crucial terms. Appendix A lists diseases by both proper and informal names, Latinate names of pathogens, dates and places of early outbreaks of each disease, and the manner of their infection. Three additional appendices present historic writings on disease. A bibliography of major works, histories of medicine, health journals, and web sites on the history of contagion, and a generously cross-referenced index complete the work.
Main Description
This chronology gives entries on the impact upon human culture of epidemic illness and death throughout history. From the bone deposits suggesting yaws bacteria on a femur from 498,000 BCE, to an outbreak of sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, the work covers demographics, symptoms, community health, nursing, study, prevention, treatment and the control of disease throughout history. Biographical information on notables who identified and battled disease such as Galen and Benjamin Rush is also included.Enhancing the historical data are maps of resurgent vector-borne diseases and comparative charts of types of infection, results of scourges, and rough estimates of people affected by each event. A glossary and pronunciation key clarifies 106 crucial terms. Appendix A lists diseases by both proper and informal names, Latinate names of pathogens, dates and places of early outbreaks of each disease, and the manner of their infection. Three additional appendices present historic writings on disease. A bibliography of major works, histories of medicine, health journals, and web sites on the history of contagion, and a generously cross-referenced index complete the work.
Main Description
This is an encyclopedic work on the impact on humans of epidemic illness and death. From bone deposits suggesting yaws bacteria from 498,000 BCE, to an outbreak of sudden accute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, the work covers demographics, symptoms, community health, nursing, study, prevention, treatment and disease control. Biographical information on notables (e.g., Galen and Benjamin Rush) is provided. Maps of vector-borne diseases, charts of types of infection, results of scourges, and estimates of people affected by each epidemic accompany the text. Appendix A lists diseases by both proper and informal names, and dates and places. Additional appendices present historic writings on disease.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This chronology gives entries on the impact upon human culture of epidemic illness and death throughout history. It covers demographics, symptoms, community health, nursing, study, prevention, treatment and control of disease. Biographical information is also included.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 5
The Chronologyp. 9
Glossaryp. 369
Epidemic Diseases and Sourcesp. 375
Historic Writings on Diseasep. 389
Timeline of Writings on Diseasep. 394
Authors of Major Works on Diseasep. 399
Bibliography--General Resourcesp. 405
Bibliography--Resources by Diseasep. 423
Indexp. 445
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