- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (November 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847240143
- ISBN-13: 978-1847240149
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Disease: The Story of Disease and Mankind's Continuing Struggle Against It Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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There are four subsections: Bacterial Diseases (plague, leprosy, syphilis, typhus, cholera, typhoid, tuberculosis, puerperal fever, enephalitis), Parasitic Diseases(malaria, african trypnosomiasis, chagas' disease, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, hookworm, onchocerciasis), Viral Diseases (smallpox, measles, yellow fever, dengue fever, rabies, polio, influenza, ebola, AIDs, SARS), and Lifestyle Diseases(scurvy, kuru&CJD, cancer, heart disease).
Each disease is represented by approximately 2-4 two page spreads with timelines, excerpts from journal and other literature, illustrations, maps and explatations. The Plague for example begins by discussing how it is transmitted, discussion of the fictional novel "LaPeste" by Albert Camus, and smaller subsections such as: 'Dead rats and modern Imagination', 'The First Great Plague', 'The Origins of the Black Death', 'The Sorrow and the Pity', 'Rotting Corpses and Silent Bells'.
The book describes treatments, how people thought the disease was spread and the causes vs. what the modern realities are. A small but significant warning for some families: this is for kids who are ready for more mature content. For instance, the section on cancer shows an 'older type' drawing in which a woman's cancerous breast is being cut off with a big shears.Read more ›
Each disease is described in a historical context, with quotes from contemporaries that provided a sense of what it must have been like to live during an outbreak. The detective work that led to an understanding of each disease reads like a fascinating little mystery story. She explains the current status of the disease and whether or not we should still fear it. By the time you're done, you have a much broader perspective on the history of medical science. You appreciate the role of culture on the cures and also the role of the diseases on culture. And you've got a better sense of how various kinds of pathogens work and what techniques are required to track them down and defeat them.
The book provides enough science to satisfy those of us who read a lot of science, but never gets so technical that it would frighten off a novice. Each section is short enough to easily read in one sitting. I'd highly recommend this as a gift to some young person considering a career in science or medicine. I originally bought it for that reason, but now I'm thinking I might like to just keep it around and read it again.
--Kenn Amdahl, author of "Revenge of the Pond Scum: Searching for the causes of Alzheimer's Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson's Disease"
It is a true eye opener about the history of disease. I would recommend it to anyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very simple. Informative, but not very medical or scientific. A nice introduction.Published 20 months ago by Scott L. Diering
Amazing book at a wonderful price. The text is well written and researched and has unusual pieces of information e.g. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dr D.R. Cundell
What an interesting book. Much to like.
1. Like you, I love to read but I’m busy. So it’s nice that each disease has its own chapter, about four to five pages. Read more
Excellent book, very informative with loads of information esp for projects. Highly recommendPublished 23 months ago by sally reeve
I love this book it is so great. I love that it gives so many details and tells the truth.I have read it lots of times.Published 24 months ago by MrsDrJeff
Only part of the way through in my readings. It covers a broad range of topics. Very well written and very informative.Published on June 22, 2014 by Arthur J. Geller