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Revisiting "What Is an Epidemic?" in the Time of COVID-19: Lessons from the History of Latin American Public Health (2020)


This essay considers what thirty years of scholarship on the history of epidemics in Latin America and the larger hemisphere can bring to a current reading of Charles Rosenberg's influential 1989 essay, "What Is an Epidemic? AIDS in Historical Perspective." It advocates that taking a broader geographical view is valuable to understanding better the arc of an epidemic in society. In addition, it proposes that, to see the ways in which the United States is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to place the United States alongside the experiences of other countries of the Americas rather than making comparisons to Europe.

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Authors & Contributors
Schafer, James A., Jr.
Marques, Maria Cristina da Costa
Kazanjian, Powel H.
Richards, Paul
Jones, David S.
Pépin, Jacques
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Journal of Global History
Gender and History
The University of North Carolina Press
RiMa/ Maringá (Brazil): Eduem
Cambridge University Press
Public health
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
AIDS (disease)
Medicine and society
Infectious diseases
Rosenberg, Charles E.
Sierra Leone
Democratic Republic of the Congo
British Columbia (Canada)
21st century
20th century, late
20th century

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