Plagues and Peoples

Ranked #25 in Diseases, Ranked #47 in Microbiologysee more rankings.

Upon its original publication, Plagues and Peoples was an immediate critical and popular success, offering a radically new interpretation of world history as seen through the extraordinary impact--political, demographic, ecological, and psychological--of disease on cultures. From the conquest of Mexico by smallpox as much as by the Spanish, to the bubonic plague in China, to the typhoid epidemic in Europe, the history of disease is the history of humankind. With the identification of AIDS in the early 1980s, another chapter has been added to this chronicle of events, which William McNeill... more

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Arthur Ammann He comes to the conclusion that these epidemics happen primarily because of ecological influences. (Source)

Daniel Headrick What this book does is bring the role of natural forces to the forefront and show how, despite what we think of ourselves, we really are a part of nature. (Source)

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