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Plague Pox and Pestilence: Disease in History Paperback – 8 Jul 1999

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New edition edition (8 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753807122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753807125
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 1.5 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

An Informative, fascinating and, at times, unnerving study.

About the Author

Kenneth Kiple is the University Professor of History at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He is also the editor of numerous books and articles.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laura Dalgarno-Platt on 2 Jun. 2003
This text organises the history of disease into broadly chronological sections with each chapter discussing the origins, spread of, and human interaction with a different disease. It pivots between an outline of the developments of medical science - detection, prevention and cures - and an exploration and analysis of the ways in which epidemics have impacted on and shaped human history. As a non-scientist, I found this approach engaging and intersting, with illustrations not only supporting but adding to the text. I had never thought of diseases such as anaemia and scurvy as plagues before and was surprised to learn just how devastating they were in previous ages and the chapter on 'mystery' plagues is fascinating. Best of all, you don't half feel healthy when you finish this book, though you may find yourself feeling assailed by legions of invisible killer germs.
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A lively multi authored text with beautiful illustrations and a comprehensive cover of the topic.It contains a good bibliography for those who wish to extend their knowledge.I find it a useful and entertaining reference book conveying a fair amount of information as it takes us through twenty six bacterial, viral and other diseases that have shaped the history of humanity.
Ideal gift for someone interested in studying medicine though equally useful to the established practitioner.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Nov. 2000
This book is great fun (although that's probably the wrong expression to use)
It covers in detail various diseases placing them in their historical context, the illustrations give a fascinating addition to the stories of important diseases
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
nice book for the commoner :) 4 Jun. 2008
By A. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
This is a wonderful history of diseases written in a non-technical form. Easy to understand and very engrossing. The art work is very nice as well.
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