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Introduction: Reimagining Epidemics (2020)


Over the past year, historians of medicine have found our discipline invested with a new sense of relevance. In trying to make sense of epidemics past and present, many of us have been substantially influenced by Charles Rosenberg's 1989 Daedalus essay, "What Is an Epidemic? AIDS in Historical Perspective." Writing in the middle of another unfolding global pandemic, Rosenberg suggested that all epidemics possessed similar forms of social choreography, and that applying a narrative framework could help to understand their sequence, structure, and social impact. This issue of the Bulletin offers contributions from thirteen scholars working in various geographic, chronological, and thematic areas that engage with Rosenberg's fundamental historical question about what defines an epidemic, although the question takes on different forms, and different forms of urgency, in each of their works.

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Authors & Contributors
Kazanjian, Powel H.
Abeysinghe, Sudeepa
Richards, Paul
Jones, David S.
Pépin, Jacques
Soon, Wayne
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Journal of Global History
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Social Studies of Science
Cambridge University Press
Yale University Press
Stanford University Press
Public health
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Infectious diseases
Medicine and society
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Rosenberg, Charles E.
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
Sierra Leone
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Québec (Canada)
World Health Organization (WHO)

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