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Epidemics and Society

From the Black Death to the Present

Frank M. Snowden

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A wide-ranging study that illuminates the connection between epidemic diseases and societal change, from the Black Death to the coronavirus
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The new updated edition of David Olusoga’s vital book on black British history

"Groundbreaking" – Observer

This sweeping exploration of the impact of epidemic diseases looks at how mass infectious outbreaks have shaped society, from the Black Death to today, and in a new preface addresses the global threat of COVID-19. In a clear and accessible style, Frank M. Snowden reveals the ways that diseases have not only influenced medical science and public health, but also transformed the arts, religion, intellectual history, and warfare.

A multidisciplinary and comparative investigation of the medical and social history of the major epidemics, this volume touches on themes such as the evolution of medical therapy, plague literature, poverty, the environment, and mass hysteria. In addition to providing historical perspective on diseases such as smallpox, cholera, and tuberculosis, Snowden examines the fallout from recent epidemics such as HIV/AIDS, SARS, and Ebola and the question of the world's preparedness for the next generation of diseases.

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Book publisherYale University Press
Publication date24 Apr 2020
FormatPaperback
Pages608
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