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The Power of Plagues

2nd Edition

By Irwin W. Sherman

ASM Press

500 pages

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Paperback: 9781683670001
pub: 2017-08-03

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This book presents an historical account of how plagues past and present have shaped the outcome of wars and altered the course of medicine, religion, education, feudalism, and science. Cholera gave birth to the field of epidemiology. The bubonic plague epidemic that began in 1346 led to the formation of universities in cities far from the major centers of learning (and hot spots of the Black Death) at that time. Pathogens are not the only stars of this book. Many scientists and physicians who toiled to treat and prevent these plagues are also featured. This edition also covers modern disease outbreaks, such as anthrax, cholera, Ebola disease, HIV, influenza, Lyme disease, malaria, tuberculosis, and Zika disease, as well as the threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface | vii

1. The Nature of Plagues | 1

2. Plagues, the Price of Being Sedentary | 21

3. Six Plagues of Antiquity | 43

4. An Ancient Plague, the Black Death | 67

5. A 21st Century Plague, AIDS | 91

6. Typhus, a Fever Plague | 113

7. Malaria, Another Fever Plague | 133

8. “King Cholera” | 163

9. Smallpox, the Spotted Plague | 197

10. Preventing Plagues: Immunization | 217

11. The Plague Protectors: Antisepsis to Antibiotics | 265

12. The Great Pox Syphilis | 305

13. The People’s Plague: Tuberculosis | 323

14. Leprosy, the Striking Hand of God | 355

15. Six Plagues of Africa | 367

16. Emerging and Re-emerging Plagues | 411

Appendix. Cells and Viruses | 446

Notes | 449


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Microbiology