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The Power of Plagues
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 civil ...more
Hardcover, 431 pages
Published December 21st 2005 by ASM Press
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I wonder if this is a textbook for a class about the importance and influence of diseases? It is shaped like one, rather large with really good illustrations (scary ones, some of them). If you have any interest in the really important diseases that lost battles and wars, stopped conquerors and settlers and held back entire peoples from developing into modern societies, read this book! Well researched, covering all of the controversies and scientifically clear, this book traces the diseases and h ...more
I favored the layout of this book immensely. Each chapter began with interesting epidemic stories and other attention-grabbing details. Many pages later I actually wanted to know more scientific details on the pathogen. Textbooks should be laid out like this--tell the interesting story first and then the stuff that would otherwise be boring.