Book ID: CBB001552817

The End of Plagues: The Global Battle against Infectious Disease (2013)

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Rhodes, John (Author)


Palgrave Macmillan


Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: xii + 235 pp.; ill.
Language: English

At the turn of the twentieth century, smallpox claimed the lives of two million people per year. By 1979, the disease had been eradicated and victory was declared across the globe. Yet the story of smallpox remains the exception, as today a host of deadly contagions, from polio to AIDS, continue to threaten human health around the world. Spanning three centuries, The End of Plagues weaves together the discovery of vaccination, the birth and growth of immunology, and the fight to eradicate the world's most feared diseases. From Edward Jenner's discovery of vaccination in 1796, to the early nineteenth-century foundling voyages in which chains of orphans, vaccinated one by one, were sent to colonies around the globe, to the development of polio vaccines and the stockpiling of smallpox as a biological weapon in the Cold War, world-renown immunologist John Rhodes charts our fight against these plagues, and shows how vaccinations gave humanity the upper hand. Today, aid groups including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization have made the eradication of polio a priority, and Rhodes takes us behind the scenes to witness the hard-fought battles of scientist, philanthropists, volunteers, and more, and how soon we may be celebrating the eradication of a second infectious disease, polio

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Authors & Contributors
Löwy, Illana
Hochman, Gilberto
Palmer, Steven Paul
Krige, John G.
Rosenkrantz, Barbara Gutmann
Berridge, Virginia
Journals
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Intellectual History Review
Medical History
Health and History
William and Mary Quarterly
Publishers
University of North Carolina Press
Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
Rowman & Littlefield
Berg
Ohio University Press
Northwestern University
Concepts
Public health
Disease and diseases
Smallpox
AIDS (disease)
Medicine
Epidemics
People
Jenner, Edward
Ladoo, Harold Sonny
Cassin, Frieda
Kincaid, Jamaica
Places
United States
Brazil
Africa
Europe
Japan
Indonesia
Times
20th century
19th century
18th century
Early modern
Modern
Medieval
Institutions
World Health Organization (WHO)
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