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Description - Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present by Frank M. Snowden

As seen on "60 Minutes": a "brilliant and sobering" (Paul Kennedy, Wall Street Journal) look at the history and human costs of pandemic outbreaks

The World Economic Forum #1 book to read for context on the coronavirus outbreak

"Well-written, highly entertaining and relevant."-Financial Times, "Best Books of 2020: Readers' Choice"

This sweeping exploration of the impact of epidemic diseases looks at how mass infectious outbreaks have shaped society, from the Black Death to today. In a clear and accessible style, Frank M. Snowden reveals the ways that diseases have not only influenced medical science and public health, but also transformed the arts, religion, intellectual history, and warfare.

A multidisciplinary and comparative investigation of the medical and social history of the major epidemics, this volume touches on themes such as the evolution of medical therapy, plague literature, poverty, the environment, and mass hysteria. In addition to providing historical perspective on diseases such as smallpox, cholera, and tuberculosis, Snowden examines the fallout from recent epidemics such as HIV/AIDS, SARS, and Ebola and the question of the world's preparedness for the next generation of diseases.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300192216
Format: Hardback
(23mm x 16mm x 4mm)
Pages: 600
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 5-Nov-2019
Country of Publication: United States

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