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The Power of Plagues

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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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Sandra Strange
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
Nov 02, 2007 Audrey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: other science geeks
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.
A great book that takes the reader through a number of plagues that have changed the course of human
society. I especially enjoyed the historical aspects of the plagues and how they affected human civilization.

Great historical context about the evoution of epidemics and disease origins
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