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Title Epidemics and ideas : essays on the historical perception of pestilence / edited by Terence Ranger and Paul Slack
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992


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Description ix, 346 pages ; 22 cm
Series Past and present publications
Past and present publications.
Contents Machine derived contents note: 1. Introduction Paul Slack -- 2. Epidemic, ideas and classical Athenian society James Longrigg -- 3. Disease, dragons and saints: the management of epidemics in the Dark Ages Peregrine Horden -- 4. Epidemic disease in formal and popular thought in early Islamic Society Lawrence I. Conrad -- 5. Plague and perceptions of the poor in early modern Italy Brian Pullan -- 6. Dearth, dirt and fever epidemics: rewriting the history of British 'public health', 1780-1850 John V. Pickstone -- 7. Epidemics and revolutions: cholera in nineteenth-century Europe Richard J. Evans -- 8. Hawaiian depopulation as a model for the Amerindian experience A. W. Crosby -- 9. Plague panic and epidemic politics in India, 1896-1914 Rajnarayan Chandavarkar -- 10. Plagues of beasts and men -- prophetic responses to epidemic in eastern and southern Africa Terence Ranger -- 11. Syphilis in colonial East and Central Africa: the social construction of an epidemic Megan Vaughan -- 12. The early years of AIDS in the United Kingdom 1981-6: historical perspectives Virginia Berridge -- Index
Summary "From plague to AIDS, epidemics have been the most spectacular diseases to afflict human societies. This volume examines the ways in which these great crises have influenced ideas, how they have helped to shape theological, political and social thought, and how they have been interpreted and understood in the intellectual context of their time." "The first chapters look at classical Athens, early medieval Europe and the Islamic world, in order to establish the intellectual traditions which influenced later developments. Then there are contributions on responses to different epidemics in early modern and modern Europe, where western notions of 'public health' were defined: and chapters on the ways in which disease was perceived outside Europe, in India, Africa and the Pacific, where different intellectual traditions and different disease patterns came together. The final chapters brings us back home, looking at the ways in which policies towards AIDS have been formulated in the 1980s and drawing striking parallels as well as contrasts with the social construction of disease in the more remote past."--Jacket
Analysis Society Effects of Epidemics
Society Effects of Epidemics
Society Effects of Epidemics
Notes (Past and present publications)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online version of the print title
Mode of access: World Wide Web
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Subject Epidemics -- History.
Epidemiology -- History.
Plague -- History.
Epidemiology -- history.
Author Ranger, T. O.
Slack, Paul.
LC no. 91019775
ISBN 052140276X
052155831X (paperback)