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The Origins of Human Disease
This book is a history of the diseases of humankind and their causes from earliest times to the present day. It is a tour de force drawing upon the author's extensive work on the history of infection, as well upon evidence drawn from archaeology, history and demography.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 26th 1991 by Wiley-Blackwell
(first published October 1st 1988)
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Thomas McKeown (1912-1988) championed a provocative proposition, known as the McKeowon Thesis, which posited that social and economic development played a far more important role in the improved health and welfare of human societies in the last few hundred years than targeted medical interventions. For example, the decline in major infectious diseases in the 19th century preceded the antibiotic era, progress that was propelled by improved nutrition, sanitation and distributive social policies. M ...more