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The Power of Plagues

Publication Date:
December 21, 2005
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442 pages

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    A fascinating examination of epidemic diseases within a historical context. • Describes the nature and evolution of diseases. • Explains how scientists discovered the causes of infectious diseases and outlines how controls were developed. • Examines the interrelationship between plagues and culture and details the ways this shaped the traditions and institutions of Western civilization. • Highlights current epidemics such as AIDS, cholera, tuberculosis, influenza, West Nile virus, mad cow disease, and others. • Addresses the public’s curiosity with outbreaks and diseases of public health concern.

    This title is published by the American Society for Microbiology Press and distributed by Taylor and Francis in rest of world territories.

  • Contents

    Table of Contents 1. The Nature of Plagues 2. Plagues, the Price of Being Sedentary 3. Six Plagues of Antiquity 4. An Ancient Plague, the Black Death 5. A Modern Plague, AIDS 6. Typhus, A Fever Plague 7. Malaria, Another Fever Plague 8. "King Cholera" 9. Smallpox, The Spotted Plague 10. Preventing Plagues 11. The Plague Protectors 12. The Great Pox Syphilis 13. The Peoples Plague: Tuberculosis 14. Leprosy, the Striking Hand of God 15. Six Plagues of Africa 16. Plagues Without Germs 17. Plagues on Order Appendix. Cells and Viruses