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Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World

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Diseases have significantly shaped the course of the world's history. From the fourteenth-century plague to HIV/AIDS today, diseases have fundamentally altered the shape of society, politics, and culture. In a sweeping, thoughtful account, "Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World" considers the history of twelve important diseases: their impact, their consequences, their co ...more
Paperback, 219 pages
Published August 31st 2007 by ASM Press (first published June 10th 2007)
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Paper_Ninja
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book does a fantastic job highlighting the Diseases that have made a major impact on society. It also does a good job of explaining the details such as how people reacted, how they where cured, how it was transferred etc. Straight forward easy to understand and VERY interesting.
Pam Porter
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Chocked full of an amazing amount of medical history but reads like a textbook. I wish the author had used a more engaging writing style to reach a larger audience.
Enya-Marie
A highly accessible account of how past epidemics have changed human history, this book is a must-read if you're at all curious about the development of medicine, public health or diseases.

Sherman has a great way of explaining complex ideas in an entry-level way which puts this book miles ahead of similar ones in the same genre as he guides you through how diseases have impacted on development and both the pros and cons that the disease has brought with it in history.
Sherman also provides explan
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