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An Unnatural History of Emerging Infections

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This book traces the social and environmental determinants of human infectious diseases from the Neolithic to the present day. Despite recent high profile discoveries of new pathogens, the major determinants of these emerging infections are ancient and recurring. These include changing modes of subsistence, shifting populations, environmental disruptions, and social ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2013)
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Bartek
May 20, 2015 Bartek rated it it was ok
#teuczucie, kiedy czytasz w książce zdania, pod którymi mógłby się podpisać New Age'owy altmedowiec, np. o odejściu biomedycyny od holistycznego traktowania zdrowia albo o wyjęciu przez farmację leczniczych substancji pochodzenia ziołowego ze społecznego kontekstu ich zażywania. I zaczynasz kwestionować swoją wiedzę i przekonania. Ale potem okazuje się, że autorzy nie są lekarzami, biologami czy epidemiologami, lecz antropologami - i trzeba bardzo ostrożnie traktować ich osobiste opinie na temat ...more
Elentarri
Mar 14, 2016 Elentarri rated it really liked it
In this short, but very interesting book, Ron Barrett traces the social and environmental determinants of human infectious diseases from the Neolithic to the present day. These determinants include changing modes of subsistence, shifting populations, environmental disruptions, and social inequalities. This book is written in plain language with minimal (almost no) personal anecdotes by the author.
Redpoet
Aug 25, 2014 Redpoet rated it it was amazing
Really excellent, especially for what appears to be a textbook. I have been studying this stuff for years and I found this book informative and on track. I was especially appreciative of its understanding of the role social inequality plays.

Way too expensive....
Susan
May 04, 2015 Susan rated it it was ok
There are a few interesting points buried in here but the book is too short to flesh any of them out. Plus my Kindle version had several typos and misspelled words.
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