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Publisher's Summary

This book covers the history of 12 important diseases and addresses public health responses and societal upheavals.

  • Chronicles the ways disease outbreaks shaped traditions and institutions of Western civilization.
  • Explains the effects, causes, and outcomes from past epidemics.
  • Describes a dozen diseases to show how disease control either was achieved or failed.
  • Makes clear the interrelationship between diseases and history.
  • Presents material in a compelling, clear, and jargon-free prose for a wide audience.
  • Provides a picture of the best practices for dealing with disease outbreaks.
©2007 ASM Press (P)2021 Tantor

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