Book ID: CBB325866388

Epidemics: Hate and Compassion from the Plague of Athens to AIDS (2018)


Cohn, Samuel K., Jr. (Author)

Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 656
Language: English

By investigating thousands of descriptions of epidemics reaching back before the fifth-century-BCE Plague of Athens to the distrust and violence that erupted with Ebola in 2014, Epidemics challenges a dominant hypothesis in the study of epidemics, that invariably across time and space, epidemics provoked hatred, blaming of the "other", and victimizing bearers of epidemic diseases, particularly when diseases were mysterious, without known cures or preventive measures, as with AIDS during the last two decades of the twentieth century.However, scholars and public intellectuals, especially post-AIDS, have missed a fundamental aspect of the history of epidemics. Instead of sparking hatred and blame, this study traces epidemics' socio-psychological consequences across time and discovers a radically different picture: that epidemic diseases have more often unified societies across class, race, ethnicity, and religion, spurring self-sacrifice and compassion.

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Review Joseph P. Byrne (2019) Review of "Epidemics: Hate and Compassion from the Plague of Athens to AIDS". American Historical Review (pp. 1010-1013). unapi

Review Flurin Condrau (2020) Review of "Epidemics: Hate and Compassion from the Plague of Athens to AIDS". Social History of Medicine (pp. 1399-1401). unapi

Review Peter Baldwin (2019) Review of "Epidemics: Hate and Compassion from the Plague of Athens to AIDS". Bulletin of the History of Medicine (pp. 114-115). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Scott, Susan
Duncan, C J.
Desowitz, Robert S.
Duncan, Christopher J.
Dodier, Nicolas
Werner, Georges H.
Revue d'Histoire de la Pharmacie
Past and Present
Journal of Interdisciplinary History
William and Mary Quarterly
Social Studies of Science
Isis Bibliography of the History of Science
Cambridge University Press
W. W. Norton & Co.
Ohio University Press
Oxford University Press
AIDS (disease); HIV / AIDS
Public health
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
Early modern
19th century
United States
South Africa

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