Epidemics and Pandemics [2 Volumes]: From Ancient Plagues to Modern-Day Threats (Hardcover)

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Epidemics and Pandemics [2 Volumes]: From Ancient Plagues to Modern-Day Threats (Hardcover)

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From the Black Death that ravaged Europe in the 14th century to the influenza pandemic following World War I and the novel strain of coronavirus that made social distancing the new normal, wide-scale disease outbreaks have played an important role throughout human history. In addition to the toll they take on human lives, epidemics have spurred medical innovations, toppled governments, crippled economies, and led to cultural revolutions.

Epidemics and Pandemics: From Ancient Plagues to Modern-Day Threats provides readers with a holistic view of the terrifying--and fascinating--topic of epidemics and pandemics. In Volume 1, readers will discover what an epidemic is, how it emerges and spreads, what diseases are most likely to become epidemics, and how disease outbreaks are tracked, prevented, and combatted. They will learn about the impacts of such modern factors as global air travel and antibiotic resistance, as well as the roles played by public health agencies and the media. Volume 2 offers detailed case studies that explore the course and lasting significance of individual epidemics and pandemics throughout history.

Joseph P. Byrne holds a doctorate in medieval and early modern European history from Indiana University. He has taught in the honors program and history department at Belmont University since 1988.Jo N. Hays is professor emeritus of history at Loyola University. He received his PhD in history and the history of science from the University of Chicago.
Product Details ISBN: 9781440863783
ISBN-10: 1440863784
Publisher: Greenwood
Publication Date: January 27th, 2021
Pages: 741
Language: English