Plagues in World History (Exploring World History)

Plagues in World History (Exploring World History)

John Aberth


Plagues in international History presents a concise, comparative global heritage of catastrophic infectious ailments, together with plague, smallpox, tuberculosis, cholera, influenza, and AIDS. Geographically, those illnesses have unfold around the complete globe; temporally, they stretch from the 6th century to the current. John Aberth considers not just the numerous impression that disorder has had upon human heritage but in addition the numerous ways that humans were in a position to impression illnesses easily via their cultural attitudes towards them. the writer argues that the power of people to change sickness, even with out the trendy wonders of antibiotic medicinal drugs and different clinical remedies, is an excellent extra an important lesson to profit now that AIDS, swine flu, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and different probably incurable health problems have raged all over the world. Aberth's comparative research of ways various societies have answered long ago to affliction illuminates what cultural methods were and should remain premiere in battling the plagues of today.

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