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American Plagues: Lessons from Our Battles with Disease

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Highly readable, American Plagues relays the most important epidemics in U.S. history. The author's engaging writing style helps readers understand the major concepts in the spread of disease and the roles of medicine and public health in combating epidemics. Current and classic medical studies are used as examples throughout the text.
Paperback, 273 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing
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Nancy
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to read this, like some of the other non-fiction books I've chosen this year, because it's fact-dense. This is a history of the study of major diseases that have afflicted America since its early days, complete with the miasma and humors predilections of the 18th C. (somewhat debunked by Dr. Benjamin Rush, also a signor of the Declaration of Independence) straight on through to the anti-vaxxer science-deniers who object to the MMR vaccine.

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Amy-Karen
Hubbie brought home from library - and I read anything and everything that is brought into this house. So... first half of each chapter very interesting. Second half of each gets too detailed for my tastes. Thus, I read about half of this book - but I did enjoy what I read.
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