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The Atlas of Disease: Mapping Deadly Epidemics and Contagion From the Plague to the Zika Virus

By: Sandra Hempel.
ISBN: 9781781317907.
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Behind every disease is a story, a complex narrative woven of multiple threads, from the natural history of the disease, to the tale of its discovery and its place in history.

But what is vital in all of this is how the disease spreads and develops. In The Atlas of Disease , Sandra Hemple reveals how maps have uncovered insightful information about the history of disease, from the seventeenth century plague maps that revealed the radical idea that diseases might be carried and spread by humans, to cholera maps in the 1800s showing the disease was carried by water, right up to the AIDs epidemic in the 1980s and the recent Ebola outbreak.

Crucially, The Atlas of Disease will also explore how cartographic techniques have been used to combat epidemics by revealing previously hidden patterns. These discoveries have changed the course of history, affected human evolution, stimulated advances in medicine and shaped the course of countless lives.

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Disease plays an important role in history. Learning about its causes and how it spreads is crucial for prevention. Medical journalist Hempel uses maps to illustrate disease patterns, from the cholera epidemic in 1854 to recent outbreaks of Ebola. The book is divided into sections by type of disease transmission airborne, waterborne, by insects and animals, and human-to-human. Each entry includes information about the causal agent, transmission, symptoms, incidence and deaths, prevalence, prevention, treatment, and global strategy. Entries include color illustrations and maps showing historical and modern outbreaks and incidence of the particular disease. This is a useful, accessible resource for students of history and public health.--Barbara Bibel Copyright 2010 Booklist