Combining recent medical discoveries with historical and geographical scholarship, this volume traces the concept of disease throughout history and in each major world region, and discusses every significant human disease. Accessible to laypeople and specialists alike, it offers an extraordinary glimpse of what is known about human health.
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"The Cambridge World History of Human Disease is probably the single most valuable reference work for any scholar of human health and medicine....[T]his work covers an enormous range of biology, history, anthropology, and epidemiology with impressive depth." Lawrence M. Schell et al., American Journal of Human Biology
"The publication of this epoch-making book testifies to the range and the maturity of contemporary scholarship in the history of medicine. It will quickly become indispensable to students of epidemiology and related fields." Gary B. Ferngren, New England Journal of Medicine
Combining recent medical discoveries with historical and geographical scholarship, this is the most comprehensive history of human disease since August Hirsch's monumental Handbook of Geographical and Historical Pathology in 1880. Accessible to laypeople and specialists alike, The Cambridge World History of Human Disease explores the patterns of disease throughout the world as well as the variety of approaches that different medical traditions have used to fight it. The volume traces the concept of disease as medicine developed from an art to a science, then addresses the history of disease in each major world region. The final and largest part offers the history and geography of each significant human disease - both historical and contemporary - from AIDS to yellow fever. A truly interdisciplinary history, it includes contributions from over 160 medical and social scientists from across the globe. Together with The Cambridge World History of Food (2000), The Cambridge World History of Human Disease provides an extraordinary glimpse of what is known about human health as the twenty-first century begins.
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