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Author Hays, J. N., 1938-

Title The burdens of disease : epidemics and human response in western history / J.N. Hays
Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [1998]


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 MELB  614.49 Hay/Bod  WITHDRAWN
Description xi, 361 pages ; 25 cm
Contents 1. The Western Inheritance: Greek and Roman Ideas about Disease -- 2. Medieval Diseases and Responses -- 3. The Great Plague Pandemic -- 4. New Diseases and Transatlantic Exchanges -- 5. Continuity and Change: Magic, Religion, Medicine, and Science, 500-1700 -- 6. Disease and the Enlightenment -- 7. Cholera and Sanitation -- 8. Tuberculosis and Poverty -- 9. Disease, Medicine, and Western Imperialism -- 10. The Scientific View of Disease and the Triumph of Professional Medicine -- 11. The Apparent End of Epidemics -- 12. Disease and Power
Summary In this sweeping approach to the history of disease, historian J. N. Hays chronicles perceptions and responses to plague and pestilence over two thousand years of Western history. Hays frames disease as a multidimensional construct, situated at the intersection of history, politics, culture, and medicine, and rooted in mentalities and social relations as much as in biological conditions of pathology. He shows how diseases affect social and political change, reveal social tensions, and are mediated both within and outside the realm of scientific medicine
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-344) and index
Subject Diseases -- History.
Diseases -- Social aspects -- History.
Epidemics -- History.
Epidemics -- Social aspects -- History.
Epidemics -- America -- History.
LC no. 97039328
ISBN 0813525276 (cloth : alk. paper)
0813525284 (paperback: alk. paper)