Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present (The Open Yale Courses Series)

by Frank M. Snowden

Paperback, 2020


Yale University Press (2020), 608 pages


A wide-ranging study that illuminates the connection between epidemic diseases and societal change, from the Black Death to Ebola   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.… (more)

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LibraryThing member ritaer
Very instructive account of various infectious diseases that have caused epidemics. So far, smallpox is the only disease that has been eliminated. Bubonic plague, cholera, tuberculosis,AIDS, Ebola and others are discussed. Notable that the popular accounts of Ebola are quite inaccurate, partly due
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to the governments of various nations not wishing to admit to dangers that might threaten economic development.
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