Epidemics and Ideas Essays on the Historical Perception of Pestilence | Edition: 1
Author: Terence Ranger (Editor), Paul Slack (Editor)
publisher: Cambridge University Press
publisher Date: 02/28/1996
Schools: Stony Brook University(SUNY)
Description: Epidemic diseases have always been a test of the ability of human societies to withstand sudden shocks. How are such large mortalities and the illness of large proportions of the population to be explained and dealt with? How have the sources of disease been identified and controls imposed? The chapters in this book, by acknowledged experts in the history of their periods, look at the ways in which the great epidemic diseases of the pastfrom classical Athens to the present dayhave shaped not only our views of medicine and disease, but the ways in which people have defined the "health" of society in general terms.