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The Power of Plagues

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  7 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 ...more
Hardcover, 431 pages
Published December 21st 2005 by ASM Press
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Andrea Prinzi
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So easy to read and full of great history. Sherman is a great storyteller, so sometimes I forgot I was reading a non-fiction science book. Loved it
Becky
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could see building a class around this
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
Audrey
Sep 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Chungys
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.





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