Plagues in World History (Hardcover)

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John Aberth holds a PhD in medieval history from the University of Cambridge and is the author of numerous books on disease and the Middle Ages.
Plagues in World History provides a comparative world history of catastrophic infectious diseases, including plague, smallpox, tuberculosis, cholera, influenza, and AIDS. Geographically, these diseases have spread across the entire globe; temporally, they stretch from the sixth century to the present. John Aberth considers not only the varied impact that disease has had upon human history but also the many ways in which people have been able to influence diseases simply through their cultural attitudes toward them. The author argues that the ability of humans to alter disease, even without the modern wonders of antibiotic drugs and other medical treatments, is an even more crucial lesson to learn now that AIDS, swine flu, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and other seemingly incurable illnesses have raged worldwide. Aberth's comparative analysis of how different societies have responded in the past to disease illuminates what cultural approaches have been and may continue to be most effective in combating the plagues of today. --From publisher's description.

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ISBN 9780742557055
Genre HISTORY / World
Format Hardcover
Pages 244
Publisher Date 2010-12-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
Copyright Year 2011
Height 9.0 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 0.5 in
Unit weight 1.05 lb
Language English
Series Name Exploring World History
Edition Number 1
Audience Professional and scholarly
Authors Aberth, John
Country of Origin United States

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