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xiii, 340 pages ; 26 cm
Through its coverage of 19 epidemics associated with a broad range of wars across time and place that blends medical knowledge, demographics, and geographic and medical information with historical and military insights, this book reveals the complex relationship between epidemics and wars throughout history. * Provides readers with a broad understanding of the relationship between disease and epidemics and their impact upon (and by) wars * Helps non-medical professionals grasp some of the important elements of specific epidemics-such as disease vectors and common factors assisting diffusion-through explanations in easily understood language * Blends the perspective from humanistic and social science studies with critical information from science on topics that have continually impacted nations and societies over the ages * Clarifies the confusing details of similar yet different diseases for readers without medical or scientific backgrounds.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781440852244 20180530
Green Library
viii, 643 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
In this study, Samuel K. Cohn, Jr. investigates thousands of descriptions of epidemics reaching back before the fifth-century-BCE Plague of Athens to the 2014 Ebola outbreak to challenge the dominant hypothesis that epidemics invariably provoke hatred, blaming of the 'other', and victimizing bearers of epidemic diseases.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198819660 20180625
Green Library
x, 323 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
This book comprehensively reviews the 10 most influential epidemics in history, going beyond morbid accounts of symptoms and statistics to tell the often forgotten stories of what made these epidemics so calamitous.* Discusses epidemic disease as a major driving force in shaping our world* Brings epidemic diseases out of the background of historical narratives and demonstrates how they have had an immensely important role in deciding wars, toppling empires, sparking major leaps in technology, and even changing the human genome* Integrates science with history, sociology, religion, and other disciplines to provide the reader with a unique perspective not found in most other accounts of epidemic disease* Shares fascinating insights such as how an epidemic of yellow fever helped to double the size of the United States and why tuberculosis was once considered a disease of the intellectual elite.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781440861420 20180430
Green Library
238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xii, 320 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Elect sane, calm leaders : Antonine plague
  • Frogs don't save lives, reading history books does : bubonic plague
  • Try being nice instead of burning people as witches : dancing plague
  • Spread the word that vaccines are the best : smallpox
  • STD shaming leads to STD spreading : syphilis
  • Never glamorize ill health : tuberculosis
  • If you want to demonstrate conventional wisdom is wrong, be ready to prove your theory thoroughly : cholera
  • Know that one good person can make a difference, and that you can be that person : leprosy
  • If you are diseased, don't deliberately infect other people : typhoid
  • Censorship kills : Spanish flu
  • Keep track of medical advances, because they are happening faster than ever : encephalitis lethargica
  • Don't listen to fast-talking charlatans with few medical credentials : lobotomies
  • Understand that when communities, leaders, and scientists work together, we can save the world : polio
  • Learn from the past : epilogue.
In 1518, in a small town in France, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced herself to her death six days later, and soon thirty-four more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had died from the mysterious dancing plague. In late-nineteenth-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome--a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure. And in turn-of-the-century New York, an Irish cook caused two lethal outbreaks of typhoid fever, a case that transformed her into the notorious Typhoid Mary and led to historic medical breakthroughs. Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the plagues they've suffered from. Get Well Soon delivers the gruesome, morbid details of some of the worst plagues in human history, as well as stories of the heroic figures who fought to ease their suffering. With her signature mix of in-depth research and upbeat storytelling, and not a little dark humour, Jennifer Wright explores history's most gripping and deadly outbreaks.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781627797467 20180312
Green Library

6. Plagues [2017]

xxx, 218 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm.
  • 1. Ebola, the plague of 2014/15 Jonathan L. Heeney-- 2. Plagues and history: from the Black Death to Alzheimer's disease Christopher Dobson and Mary Dobson-- 3. Plagues and medicine Sir Leszek Borysiewicz-- 4. The nature of plagues 2013-14: a year of living dangerously Angela McLean-- 5. Plagues, populations, and survival Stephen J. O'Brien-- 6. Plagues and socioeconomic collapse Ian Morris-- 7. Silicon plagues Mikko Hypponen-- 8. The human plague Stephen Emmott-- 9. Plague as metaphor Rowan Williams.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781316644768 20170530
Plagues have inflicted misery and suffering throughout history. They can be traced through generations in our genes, with echoes in religion and literature. Featuring essays arising from the 2014 Darwin College Lectures, this book examines the spectrum of tragic consequences of different types of plagues, from infectious diseases to over-population and computer viruses. The essays analyse the impact that plagues have had on humanity and animals, and their threat to the very survival of the world as we know it. On the theme of plagues, each essay takes a unique perspective, ranging from the impact of plagues on history, medicine, the evolution of species, and biblical metaphors, to their impact on national economies, and even our highly connected digital lifestyles. This engaging and timely collection challenges our understanding of plagues, and asks if plagues are the manifestation of nature's checks and balances in light of human population growth and our impact on climate change.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781316644768 20170530
Green Library
online resource (viii, 494 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps
  • The nature of plagues
  • Plagues, the price of being sedentary
  • Six plagues of antiquity
  • An ancient plague, the black death
  • A 21st century plague, AIDS
  • Typhus, a fever plague
  • Malaria, another fever plague
  • King cholera
  • Smallpox, the spotted plague
  • Preventing plagues: immunization
  • The plague protectors: antisepsis to antibiotics
  • The great pox syphilis
  • The people's plague: tuberculosis
  • Leprosy, the striking hand of God
  • Six plagues of Africa
  • Emerging and re-emerging plagues.
This book presents an historical account of how plagues past and present have shaped the outcome of wars and altered the course of medicine, religion, education, feudalism, and science. Cholera gave birth to the field of epidemiology. The bubonic plague epidemic that began in 1346 led to the formation of universities in cities far from the major centers of learning (and hot spots of the Black Death) at that time. Pathogens are not the only stars of this book. Many scientists and physicians who toiled to treat and prevent these plagues are also featured. This edition also covers modern disease.
Medical Library (Lane)
xviii, 618 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
  • List of figures List of tables Acknowledgements List of contributors 1. Perspectives on the History of Disease Mark Jackson Part One: Models 2. Humours and Humoral Theory Jim Hankinson 3. Models of Disease in Ayurvedic Medicine Dominik Wujastyk 4. Religion, Magic and Medicine Catherine Rider 5. Contagion Michael Worboys 6. Emotions and Mental Illness Elena Carrera 7. Deviance as Disease: The Medicalization of Sex and Crime Jana Funke Part Two: Patterns 8. Pandemics Mark Harrison 9. Patterns of Animal Disease Abigail Woods 10. Patterns of Plague in Late Medieval and Early-Modern Europe Samuel Cohn 11. Symptoms of Empire: Cholera in Southeast Asia, 1820-1850 Robert Peckham 12. Disease, Geography, and the Market: Epidemics of Cholera in Tokyo in the Late Nineteenth Century Akihito Suzuki 13. Histories and Narratives of Yellow Fever in Latin America Monica Garcia 14. Race, Disease and Public Health: Perceptions of Maori Health Katrina Ford 15. Re-writing the 'English disease': Migration, Ethnicity and 'Tropical Rickets' Roberta Bivins 16. Social Geographies of Sickness and Health in Contemporary Paris: Toward a Human Ecology of Mortality in the 2003 Heat Wave Disaster Richard Keller Part Three: Technologies 17. Disability and Prosthetics in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-century England David Turner 18. Disease, Rehabilitation and Pain Julie Anderson 19. From Paraffin to PIP: The Surgical Search for the Perfect Breast Fay Bound Alberti 20. Cancer Screening David Cantor 21. Medical Bacteriology: Microbes and Disease, 1870 - 2000 Christoph Gradmann 22. Technology and the 'Social Disease' Helen Bynum 23. Reorganising Chronic Disease Management: Diabetes and Bureaucratic Technologies in Post-War British General Practice Martin Moore 24. Before HIV: Venereal Disease Among Homosexually Active Men in the Anglo-American World Richard McKay Part Four: Narratives 25. Leprosy and Identity in the Middle Ages Elma Brenner 26. French Medical Consultations by Mail, 1600-1800 Robert Weston 27. The Clinical Narratives of James Parkinson's Essay on the Shaking Palsy (1817) Brian Hurwitz 28. Digital Narratives: 4 'Hits' in the History of Migraine Katherine Foxhall 29. Case Notes and Madness Alannah Tomkins 30. Literature and Disease: A Novel Contagion Sam Goodman 31. When Bodies Need Stories in Pictures Arthur Frank 32. Living in the Present: Illness, Phenomenology, and Well-being Havi Carel Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415720014 20161213
The Routledge History of Disease draws on innovative scholarship in the history of medicine to explore the challenges involved in writing about health and disease throughout the past and across the globe, presenting a varied range of case studies and perspectives on the patterns, technologies and narratives of disease that can be identified in the past and that continue to influence our present. Organized thematically, chapters examine particular forms and conceptualizations of disease, covering subjects from leprosy in medieval Europe and cancer screening practices in twentieth-century USA to the ayurvedic tradition in ancient India and the pioneering studies of mental illness that took place in nineteenth-century Paris, as well as discussing the various sources and methods that can be used to understand the social and cultural contexts of disease. The book is divided into four sections, focusing in turn on historical models of disease, shifting temporal and geographical patterns of disease, the impact of new technologies on categorizing, diagnosing and treating disease, and the different ways in which patients and practitioners, as well as novelists and playwrights, have made sense of their experiences of disease in the past. International in scope, chronologically wide-ranging and illustrated with images and maps, this comprehensive volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of health through the ages.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415720014 20161213
Green Library

9. Unseen enemy [2017]

1 streaming video file (90 min.) : digital, sound, color Sound: digital. Digital: streaming video file.
Unseen Enemy examines why in the 21st century we are experiencing a rash of diseases that were once only outbreaks but have now become full-blown epidemics. Moving across the globe, you'll meet our characters: doctors, disease detectives, everyday men and women. Every one of them has stepped into the horror of an epidemic and emerged deeply changed. Examining the recent epidemics of Ebola, Influenza, and Zika, Unseen Enemy makes it clear that epidemics bring out the best and worst of human behavior, and that their effect goes far beyond the terrible tolls of sickness and death.
viii, 447 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Yellow Fever : A Perspective
  • The Early Colonial Period
  • A Question of Quarantine
  • The American Plague
  • "Particulars of the Plague in Philadelphia"
  • Most Unhappy Consequences
  • The Controversies of Yellow Fever Continue to Rage
  • The "Great Epidemic" of 1798
  • Is Yellow Fever More Deadly Than the Plague?
  • The Repository of Knowledge
  • Daily Mortality Is Now More Considerable
  • The Baneful Effects of Yellow Fever
  • Corpses Still Animated : Yellow Fever, 1820/1829
  • "All the Evils Which Hell May Contain"
  • The "Dead Book"
  • New Orleans : A City of Desolation
  • "To the Manor Born"
  • The "Quarantine War" and the "Quarantine Armada"
  • Deluge of Yellow Fever in the South and Worldwide Epidemics
  • The American Un-Civil War Period, 1860/1866
  • Holding on Until the Other Jack (Frost) Says "Enough!"
  • "I Am Writing from the City of the Dead"
  • Quarantine and Avarice, 1870/1873
  • "Falling Like Leaves"
  • "The Grim Monster Still on His Path" : The Outbreaks of 1878
  • "We Are Almost Entirely Ignorant"
  • Mosquitoes and Germ Theories
  • Panama and Nicaragua : Two Canals, Two Views
  • Cuba and the "Patriotic Disease"
  • After War : Science and Sanitation
  • Into the 20th Century
  • Panama!
  • "America to Slay the World's Disease Germs"
  • Taking Steps Against a Deadly Enemy
  • Glossary.
The terror of yellow fever conjures images of mass infection of soldiers during the Spanish-American War and horrific death tolls among workers on the Panama Canal. Medical science has never found a cure and the disease continues to present a threat to the modern world, both as a mosquito-borne epidemic and as a potential biological weapon. Drawing on firsthand accounts and contemporary sources, this book traces the history of the viral infection that has claimed countless victims across the United States, Central America and Africa, and of the global effort to combat this challenging and deadly disease.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780786479191 20170605
Green Library
336 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Green Library
online resource (xiii, 298 pages) : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • 1. Domain of contagion and confinement
  • 2. Framing "loathsome" diseases
  • 3. Tides of inertia and neglect
  • 4. Location: Not in my backyard
  • 5. Banished: sojourns of the damned
  • 6. Belle of California's Molokai
  • 7. Wary minders: custodians and caregivers
  • 8. Hope for cures: nature or science
  • 9. Modern isolation: humanizing castaways.
Medical Library (Lane)
xiii, 298 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • Foreword / by Peter N. Stearns
  • Introduction
  • Domains of contagion and confinement
  • Framing "loathsome" diseases
  • Tides of inertia and neglect
  • Location : not in my backyard
  • Banished : sojourns of the damned
  • Belle of California's Molokai
  • War minders : custodians and caregivers
  • Hope for cures : nature or science
  • Modern isolation : humanizing castaways
  • Epilogue.
From the late nineteenth century until the 1920s, authorities required San Francisco's Pesthouse to segregate the diseased from the rest of the city. Although the Pesthouse stood out of sight and largely out of mind, it existed at a vital nexus of civic life where issues of medicine, race, class, environment, morality, and citizenship entwined and played out. Guenter B. Risse places this forgotten institution within an emotional climate dominated by widespread public dread and disgust. In Driven by Fear , he analyzes the unique form of stigma generated by San Franciscans. Emotional states like xenophobia and racism played a part. Yet the phenomenon also included competing medical paradigms and unique economic needs that encouraged authorities to protect the city's reputation as a haven of health restoration. As Risse argues, public health history requires an understanding of irrational as well as rational motives. To that end he delves into the spectrum of emotions that drove extreme measures like segregation and isolation and fed psychological, ideological, and pragmatic urges to scapegoat and stereotype victims--particularly Chinese victims--of smallpox, leprosy, plague, and syphilis. Filling a significant gap in contemporary scholarship, Driven by Fear looks at the past to offer critical lessons for our age of bioterror threats and emerging infectious diseases.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780252081385 20170327
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
online resource (xx, 355 pages) : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Introduction: contagious histories
  • 1. Mobility
  • 2. Cities
  • 3. Environment
  • 4. War
  • 5. Globalization
  • Conclusion: epidemics and the end of history.
"Epidemics have played a critical role in shaping modern Asia. Encompassing two centuries of Asian history, Robert Peckham explores the profound impact that infectious disease has had on societies across the region: from India to China and the Russian Far East. The book tracks the links between biology, history, and geopolitics, highlighting infectious disease's interdependencies with empire, modernization, revolution, nationalism, migration, and transnational patterns of trade. By examining the history of Asia through the lens of epidemics, Peckham vividly illustrates how society's material conditions are entangled with social and political processes, offering an entirely fresh perspective on Asia's transformation"-- Provided by publisher.
Medical Library (Lane)

15. Have bacteria won? [2016]

v, 146 pages ; 20 cm.
  • Introduction Chapter 1: Why are we so worried about bacteria ? Chapter 2: Victories Chapter 3: The advance of the mutants, and other novelties Chapter 4: How our actions help bacteria to win some battles Chapter 5: Politics Conclusion: have bacteria won? References.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780745690803 20160619
Today, we are far less likely to die from infection than at any other time in history, but still we worry about epidemics, the menace of antibiotic resistance and modern plagues like Ebola. In this timely new book, eminent bacteriologist Hugh Pennington explores why these fears remain and why they are unfounded. He reports on outright victories (such as smallpox), battles where the enemy is on its last stand (polio), surprise attacks from vegetarian bats (Ebola, SARS) and demented cows (BSE). Qualified optimism, he argues, is the message for the future but the battles will go on forever.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780745690803 20160619
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xxiv, 247 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Prologue Chapter 1: The Past: Human Populations Prior to Sedentary Life Styles Chapter 2: Origins of the Urban Death Penalty: Civilized Diseases Chapter 3: The First Rural-Urban Turnaround Chapter 4: Infectious Diseases and Medical Traditions in the Levant Chapter 5: Emergence of the Enlightenment Chapter Six: Advancement of Science and Medicine Chapter 7: Inoculation and Infectious Disease Chapter 8: A Review of the Urban Death Penalty Chapter 9: Postlogue.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780739180266 20160619
Beginning in the mid-19th century tremendous gains were made in the historical struggle with infectious diseases. The emergence of modern medicine and epidemiology, and the establishment of public health measures, helped urban populations overcome a historical death penalty. The conquest of infectious disease has created a human hubris. It is a collective self-delusion that infectious diseases, once exposed to the light of modern medicine, science, and public health would inevitably become eradicated. When these advances began in the mid-19th century the world's population was under two billion, mostly non-urbanized. At the dawn of the 21st century the world's population already surpassed seven billion. The world's once far flung urban populations have exponentially expanded in number, size, and connectivity. Infectious diseases have long benefited from the concentration of human population and their opportunistic abilities to take advantage of their interconnectedness. The struggle between humans and infectious diseases is one in which there is a waxing and waning advantage of one over the other. Human hubris has been challenged since the late 1970s with the prospect that infectious diseases are not eradicated. Concerns have increased since the latter third of the twentieth century that infectious diseases are gaining a new foothold. As pandemics from AIDS to Ebola have increased in frequency, there has also developed a sense that a global pandemic of a much greater magnitude is likely to happen. Tracing the historical record, this book examines the manners in which population concentrations have long been associated with the spread of pandemic disease. It also examines the struggle between human attempts to contain infectious diseases, and the microbial struggle to contain human population advancement.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780739180266 20160619
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
153 pages : illustrations, maps ; 18 cm.
  • Plague
  • Smallpox
  • Malaria
  • Cholera
  • Tuberculosis
  • Influenza
  • Epilogue.
The 2014 Ebola epidemic demonstrated the power of pandemics and their ability not only to destroy lives locally but also to capture the imagination and terrify the world. Christian W. McMillen provides a concise yet comprehensive account of pandemics throughout human history, illustrating how pandemic disease has shaped history and, at the same time, social behavior has influenced pandemic disease. Extremely interesting from a medical standpoint, the study of pandemics also provides unexpected, broader insights into culture and politics. This Very Short Introduction describes history's major pandemics - plague, tuberculosis, malaria, smallpox, cholera, influenza, and HIV/AIDS - highlighting how each disease's biological characteristics affected its pandemic development. McMillen discusses state responses to pandemics, such as quarantine, isolation, travel restrictions, and other forms of social control, and pays special attention to the rise of public health and the explosion of medical research in the wake of pandemics, especially as the germ theory of disease emerged in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Today, medicine is able to control all of these diseases, yet some of them are still devastating in much of the developing world. By assessing the relationship between poverty and disease and the geography of epidemics, McMillen offers an outspoken and thought-provoking point of view on the necessity for global governments to learn from past experiences and proactively cooperate to prevent any future epidemic.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199340071 20170117
Green Library
80 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 23 cm
New York lived in fear. In the early 1980s, a mysterious infectious disease began to kill gays, their partners, and children, as well as injected drug users and blood transfusion patients. Then unnamed, with research funding and support for the dying unavailable, the HIV/AIDS virus would eventually take nearly one hundred million lives. With America's largest gay population, New York was hit early and hard by AIDS. And a silent City Hall and sensationalist tabloid headlines spread homophobia and panic. Yet within months the city's gay community and concerned medical professionals mobilised, fighting disinformation and attacks on sufferers' civil liberties, and lobbying for funds for medical and social outreach. In forceful narrative and vivid images, AIDS in New York: The First Five Years, based on the acclaimed 2013 exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, recaptures the first five years of the epidemic, culminating in the widespread public awareness of its dangers following the death of movie star Rock Hudson in 1985. It speaks especially to those too young to remember those painful years and those who conflate New York's AIDS story with later successful gay advocacy and drug breakthroughs. It reminds readers that epidemics make social and ethical demands, test the values of a society, and kill through taboos as well as disease. "...brings to life a period when AIDS began to infect not just the body but the body politic." - The New York Times, about the exhibition at the New York Historical Society upon which the book is based.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781857599350 20171023
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xii, 252 p. : ill., map ; 27 cm.
  • The 1918-1920 pandemic virus
  • The outbreak, Spring-Summer 1918
  • Attacks of the mutated virus: Augus 1918 onward
  • The early epidemic (Autumn 1918-Spring 1919)
  • The late epidemic (end of 1919-Spring of 1920)
  • The influenza epidemic in statistics
  • Influenza in Japan's military forces
  • Aspects of the influenza pandemic in Japan
  • The influenza pandemic in Japan's colonies
  • Summary, countermeasures, lessons
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix 1: The total number of deaths, deaths from pneumonia, and the mortality of pneumonia patients in Yokohama
  • Appendix 2: Logbook of the warship H.M.S. Yahagi.
East Asia Library
xx, 339 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm.
  • Preface - The Black Death and Ebola: on the value of comparison / Monica H. Green
  • Introducing The Medieval Globe / Carol Symes
  • Editor's introduction to Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death / Monica H.Green
  • Taking 'pandemic' seriously: making the Black Death global / Monica H. Green
  • The Black Death and its consequences for the Jewish community in Tàrrega: lessons from history and archeology / Anna Colet, Josep Xavier Muntané i Santiveri, Jordi Ruíz Ventura, Oriol Saula, M. Eulàlia Subirà de Galdàcano, and Clara Jáuregui
  • The anthropology of plague: insights from bioarchaeological analyses of epidemic cemeteries / Sharon N. DeWitte
  • Plague depopulation and irrigation decay in Medieval Egypt / Stuart Borsch
  • Plague persistence in Western Europe: a hypothesis / Ann G. Carmichael
  • New science and old sources: why the Ottoman experience of plague matters / Nukhet Varlik
  • Heterogeneous immunological landscapes and medieval plague: an invitation to a new dialogue between historians and immunologists / Fabian Crespo and Matthew B. Lawrenz
  • The Black Death and the future of the plague / Michelle Ziegler
  • Epilogue: A hypothesis on the East Asian beginnings of the Yersinia pestis polytomy / Robert Hymes
  • Diagnosis of a "plague" image: a digital cautionary tale / Monica H. Green, Kathleen Walker-Meikle, and Wolfgang P. Müller.
Pandemics; Black Death; Plague; China; India; medieval Mediterranean.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781942401001 20160619
Green Library


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