Book ID: CBB001421023

Epidemics: The Story of South Africa's Five Most Lethal Human Diseases (2012)

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Phillips, Howard (Author)


Ohio University Press


Publication Date: 2012
Physical Details: 168 pp.; ill.; notes; index
Language: English

This is the first history of epidemics in South Africa, lethal episodes that significantly shaped this society over three centuries. Focusing on five devastating diseases between 1713 and today--smallpox, bubonic plague, "Spanish influenza," polio, and HIV/AIDS--the book probes their origins, their catastrophic courses, and their consequences in both the short and long terms. The impacts of these epidemics ranged from the demographic--the "Spanish flu," for instance, claimed the lives of 6 percent of the country's population in six weeks--to the political, the social, the economic, the spiritual, the psychological, and the cultural. Moreover, as each of these epidemics occurred at crucial moments in the country's history--such as during the South African War and World War I--the book also examines how these processes affected and were affected by the five epidemics. To those who read this book, history will not look the same again.

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Authors & Contributors
Almeida, Maria Antónia Pires de
Erkoreka, Anton
Aberth, John
Swedlund, Alan C.
Herring, D. Ann
Crawshaw, Jane L. Stevens
Journals
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
Public Understanding of Science
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Social Studies of Science
William and Mary Quarterly
Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield
Berg
Ashgate Publishing
Johns Hopkins University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Queen's University (Canada)
Concepts
Public health
Epidemics
Disease and diseases
Infectious diseases
Plague
Influenza
People
Finlay, Carlos Juan
Andrade, Nuno Ferreira de
Jenner, Edward
Ladoo, Harold Sonny
Cassin, Frieda
Kincaid, Jamaica
Places
Portugal
United States
Europe
France
Venice (Italy)
Uruguay
Times
19th century
20th century
Early modern
Modern
18th century
21st century
Institutions
World Health Organization (WHO)
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