The Pandemic Century One Hundred Years Of Panic Hysteria And Hubris

The Pandemic Century  One Hundred Years of Panic  Hysteria  and Hubris
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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Category Medical
Total Pages 512
ISBN 9780393254761
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With a New Chapter and Updated Epilogue on Coronavirus A Financial Times Best Health Book of 2019 and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice "Honigsbaum does a superb job covering a century’s worth of pandemics and the fears they invariably unleash." —Howard Markel, MD, PhD, director of the Center for the History of Medicine, University of Michigan How can we understand the COVID-19 pandemic? Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, scientists have dreamed of preventing such catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease. Yet despite a century of medical progress, viral and bacterial disasters continue to take us by surprise, inciting panic and dominating news cycles. In The Pandemic Century, a lively account of scares both infamous and less known, medical historian Mark Honigsbaum combines reportage with the history of science and medical sociology to artfully reconstruct epidemiological mysteries and the ecology of infectious diseases. We meet dedicated disease detectives, obstructive or incompetent public health officials, and brilliant scientists often blinded by their own knowledge of bacteria and viruses—and see how fear of disease often exacerbates racial, religious, and ethnic tensions. Now updated with a new chapter and epilogue.

The Pandemic Century  One Hundred Years of Panic  Hysteria  and Hubris
  • Author : Mark Honigsbaum
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2019-04-09

With a New Chapter and Updated Epilogue on Coronavirus A Financial Times Best Health Book of 2019 and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice "Honigsbaum does a superb job covering a century’s worth of pandemics and the fears they invariably unleash." —Howard Markel, MD, PhD, director of the

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The Pandemic Century
  • Author : Mark Honigsbaum
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-03-09

Like sharks, epidemic diseases always lurk just beneath the surface. This fast-paced history of their effect on mankind prompts questions about the limits of scientific knowledge, the dangers of medical hubris, and how we should prepare as epidemics become ever more frequent. Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, scientists have

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The Pandemic Century
  • Author : Mark Honigsbaum
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2020-04-23

A Financial Times Best Book of the Year The most timely and informative history book you will read this year, tracing a century of pandemics, with a new chapter on COVID-19. Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, scientists have dreamed of preventing catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease. Yet, despite a

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Outbreaks and Epidemics
  • Author : Meera Senthilingam
  • Publisher : Icon Books
  • Release Date : 2020-03-18

A compelling and disquieting journey through the history and science of epidemics. For centuries mankind has waged war against the infections that, left untreated, would have the power to wipe out communities, or even entire populations. Yet for all our advanced scientific knowledge, only one human disease – smallpox – has ever

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A History of the Great Influenza Pandemics
  • Author : Mark Honigsbaum
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic
  • Release Date : 2020-04-30

Influenza was the great killer of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the so-called 'Russian flu' killed around 1 million people across Europe in 1889-93 - including the second-in-line to the British throne, the Duke of Clarence. The Spanish flu of 1918, meanwhile, would kill 50 million people - nearly 3% of the world's

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Living with Enza
  • Author : M. Honigsbaum
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2016-10-18

'Never since the Black Death has such a plague swept over the face of the world,' commented the Times , '[and] never, perhaps, has a plague been more stoically accepted.' When the Great Influenza pandemic finally ended, in April 1919, 228,000 people in Britian alone were dead. This book tells

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Pandemics
  • Author : Peter C. Doherty
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-07-31

Pandemics. The word conjures up images of horrific diseases sweeping the globe and killing everyone in their path. But such highly lethal illnesses almost never create pandemics. The reality is deadly serious but far more subtle. In Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Peter Doherty, who won the Nobel Prize

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Epidemic
  • Author : Reid Wilson
  • Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
  • Release Date : 2018-03-15

A global health catastrophe narrowly averted. A world unprepared for the next great threat. In December 2013, a young boy in a tiny West African village contracted the deadly Ebola virus. The virus spread to his relatives, then to neighboring communities, then across international borders. The world’s first urban Ebola

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Ways of Knowing
  • Author : John V. Pickstone
  • Publisher : Manchester University Press
  • Release Date : 2000

This is a discussion of the historical development of science, technology and medicine in Western Europe and North America from the Renaissance to the present. By linking its development to the wider context of human society, the constant changing process of human perception, comprehension and manipulation of the world is

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Influenza
  • Author : Jeremy Brown
  • Publisher : Atria Books
  • Release Date : 2019-10-01

“Highlights that influenza is still a real and present threat and demonstrates the power and limitations of modern medicine.” —The Wall Street Journal “A surprisingly compelling and accessible story of one of the world’s most deadly diseases. It is timely and interesting, engaging and sobering.” —David Gregort, CNN political

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The Fever Trail
  • Author : Mark Honigsbaum
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2003-05

Literally Italian for "bad air," malaria once plagued Rome, tropical trade routes and colonial ventures into India and South America and the disease has no known antidote aside from the therapeutic effects of the "miraculous" quinine. This first book from journalist Honigsbaum is a rousing history of the search for

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Pandemic
  • Author : Sonia Shah
  • Publisher : Sarah Crichton Books
  • Release Date : 2016-02-16

Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize | A New York Times Editor's Choice “[A] grounded, bracingly intelligent study” —Nature Prizewinning science journalist Sonia Shah presents a startling examination of the pandemics that have ravaged humanity—and shows us how history can prepare us to confront the most serious acute

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Black Death at the Golden Gate  The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague
  • Author : David K. Randall
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2019-05-07

A spine-chilling saga of virulent racism, human folly, and the ultimate triumph of scientific progress. For Chinese immigrant Wong Chut King, surviving in San Francisco meant a life in the shadows. His passing on March 6, 1900, would have been unremarkable if a city health officer hadn’t noticed a swollen black

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Plague
  • Author : Wendy Orent
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-07-02

Plague is a terrifying mystery. In the Middle Ages, it wiped out 40 million people -- 40 percent of the total population in Europe. Seven hundred years earlier, the Justinian Plague destroyed the Byzantine Empire and ushered in the Middle Ages. The plague of London in the seventeenth century killed more than 1,000

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The Rules of Contagion
  • Author : Adam Kucharski
  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release Date : 2020-02-13

An Observer Book of the Year A Times Science Book of the Year A New Statesman Book of the Year A Financial Times Science Book of the Year 'It is hard to imagine a more timely book ... much of the modern world will make more sense having read it.'

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