Epidemics and History by Sheldon J. Watts
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Epidemics and History
By Sheldon J. Watts

Epidemics and History

Disease, Power, and Imperialism New edition

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Epidemics and History by Sheldon J. Watts

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This book is a major and wide-ranging study of the great epidemic scourges of humanity-plague, leprosy, smallpox, syphilis, cholera, and yellow fever/malaria-over the last six centuries. It will become the standard account of the way diseases arising through chance, through reckless environmental change engineered by man, or through a combination of each were interpreted in Western Europe and in the colonized world. "This trenchant book provides a salutary antidote to world health complacency, past and present."-Roy Porter, The Times (London) "Watts' ...mastery of six centuries of Western-influenced infectious disease and sanitation history is impressive. He also writes with authority about the pre-modern and modern medical profession."-Claire Panosian, Los Angeles Times Book Review "Watts offers solid, stunning examples of Western idiocy that created superhighways for once-obscure microbes, leading to horrendous epidemics...His is a perspective that Western, particularly Caucasian, policy-makers would do well to comprehend."-Laurie Garrett, Foreign Affairs "The convenience of so much history of diseases in one place is obvious. [An] engrossing book."-Gert Brieger, M.D., New England Journal of Medicine "An important contribution to our understanding of the history of disease, public health, and imperialism."-Suzanne Austin Alchon, American Historical Review

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300080872
ISBN-10: 0300080875
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 418
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 16-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Disease and Medicine in World History by Sheldon J. Watts Disease and Medicine in World History, Paperback (June 2003)

This volume provides a concise introduction to the diverse ideas about disease and its treatment throughout the world. Drawing on case studies from ancient Egypt to 21st-century America and Europe, this survey discusses concepts of sickness and forms of treatment in different cultures.

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