Epidemics: The Story of South Africa's Five Most Lethal Human Diseases - Ohio Short Histories of Africa (Paperback)Howard Phillips (author)
Paperback 156 Pages / Published: 12/09/2012
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This is the first history of epidemics in South Africa, lethal episodes that significantly shaped this society over three centuries. Focusing on five devastating diseases between 1713 and today-smallpox, bubonic plague, \u201cSpanish influenza,\u201d polio, and HIV/AIDS-the book probes their origins, their catastrophic courses, and their consequences in both the short and long terms. The impacts of these epidemics ranged from the demographic-the \u201cSpanish flu,\u201d for instance, claimed the lives of 6 percent of the country's population in six weeks-to the political, the social, the economic, the spiritual, the psychological, and the cultural. Moreover, as each of these epidemics occurred at crucial moments in the country's history-such as during the South African War and World War I-the book also examines how these processes affected and were affected by the five epidemics. To those who read this book, history will not look the same again.
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Number of pages: 156
Weight: 136 g
Dimensions: 178 x 115 x 13 mm
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