Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence

Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence

From Ancient Times to the Present

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Articles document major, outstanding, and unusual epidemics throughout the world from the dawn of history to the present, describing how the epidemics started and spread, who was affected, and the eventual outcome.

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The Plague of Justinian swept through the entire Byzantine Empire in the sixth century, and along with the corruption of the court came the corruption of eventually 300,000 of bodies in the streets of Constantinople. Spanish influenza killed more than 21 million people in 1917-1918. Quick thinking about quarantines and the relative isolation of affected villages contributed greatly to the eradication of Ebola in Gabon in 2002. Each of these 720 accounts of epidemics, including new materials on anthrax, asian flu, HIV/AIDS, mad cow disease, SARS, tuberculosis and the West Nile virus contains a lesson about how even diseases that are not always fatal can decimate whole nations. The editors and contributors describe locations, symptoms, probable causes, and duration of each disease and provide maps, photographs and a substantial bibliography. Particularly telling are their descriptions of what such epidemics did to host societies and economies. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Facts on File
Praise for the previous edition:
"...the entries provide vivid historical detail...No other work approaches this topic in such a brief, encyclopedic manner...a useful addition to any academic reference collection..." Choice

"...a useful resource for high school and public libraries..." Booklist

"...does an excellent job...a conscious effort to put a human perspective on pestilence...Given the climate of the times and the concerns about bioterrorism, this title would be useful for a variety of subject areas. Recommended." The Book Report

Tracing the history of infectious diseases from the Philistine plague of 11th century BCE to recent SARS and avian flu scares, Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence, Third Edition is a comprehensive A-to-Z reference offering international coverage of this timely and fascinating subject.

This updated volume provides concise descriptions of more than 700 epidemics, listed alphabetically by location of the outbreak. Each detailed entry includes when and where a particular epidemic began, how and why it happened, whom it affected, how it spread and ran its course, and its outcome and significance. Black-and-white photographs have been added throughout.

New and updated coverage includes:
  • Anthrax
  • Avian flu
  • Cholera
  • Dengue fever
  • Ebola
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Mad cow disease
  • Malaria
  • Rift Valley fever
  • SARS
  • Tuberculosis
  • West Nile virus.


Publisher: New York : Facts On File, c2008
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9780816069354
0816069352
Branch Call Number: REF 614.403 ENC
Characteristics: xiv, 529 p. :,ill., maps, ports. ;,29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kohn, George C.

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