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The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease (Hardback)
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The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease (Hardback)

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Hardback 428 Pages / Published: 02/06/2003
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The Cambridge World History of Human Disease (CWHHD) was first published by Cambridge University Press in 1993 and reprinted in 2001. Part VIII, the last section of the work, comprises a history and description of the world's major diseases of yesterday and today in chapters that are organized alphabetically from 'Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)' to 'Yellow Fever'. The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Human Disease makes this last section of CWHHD available to a wider general audience. It condenses the essays into shorter entries, information on AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, Ebola virus disease, and tuberculosis. The Dictionary also makes available three chapters from other parts of the CWHHD on 'Heart-Related Diseases', 'Cancer', and 'Genetic Disease'. This Dictionary contains contributions from over 100 medical and social scientists from all over the globe, making it a truly interdisciplinary history of medicine and human disease.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521808347
Number of pages: 428
Weight: 960 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... it is full of fascinating snippets ... Put the entries together and you get a fine historical perspective from which to judge the panic over the 'global threat' posed by Sars or the risk posed by 'infectious immigrants.' Health Service Journal
'Written for a wide audience, including health professionals and the general reader, this dictionary offers a clear understanding and intriguing history of human disease ... an easy, accessible style ... '. Reference Reviews
'... the book is readable and provides a good introduction to the topics. The information is accessible and does not require prior knowledge. It can also be useful to have a potted history of disease in one volume. In terms of readership, it should be an excellent source for family historians and genealogists who would like to know more about the diseases suffered by their ancestors.' Annals of Human Biology
'... readers ... will effortlessly acquire a reliable basic understanding of each disease as it exists today, and of its emergence onto the biomedical stage ... readers ... particularly students, find themselves better prepared to tackle more complex and more specialized texts.' British Journal for the History of Science
"To read many of these esssays is to embark on a fascinating intellectual journey, if only because they illustrate not only what is known about individual diseases but what remains a mystery." ISIS
"...probably the single most valuable reference work for any scholar of human health and medicine..." American Journal of Human Biology
Praise for Kiple's recent Cambridge World History of Food...
"The paperback contains short, alphabetical entries from more than 100 medical and social scientists around the world written more in layman's terms than the original...In addition to serving as a resource for university medical history students, the book will appeal to the average reader." Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune
"This is one of the best resources available for background and perspective on the diseases that afflict human beings ... Worth keeping close by for handy reference." Bloomsbury Review
"An epicure fantasy encyclopedia come to life." Bon Appetit
"To read many of these esssays is to embark on a fascinating intellectual journey, if only because they illustrate not only what is known about individual diseases but what remains a mystery." ISIS
"It's hard not to feel a giggly kind of pleasure at the full extent of knowledge on display in the Cambridge World History of Food." ^The New Yorker
"In a word: Wow...The World History of Food is part fascinating reading, part essential reference tool. What's not in here dosen't exist." USA Today
"If you want to know more about what ailed your ancestors, this book will give you the details. For each disease--from AIDS to Yellow Fever--you'll learn about the common names, history, and symptoms and characteristics. This text's especially helpful if you're writing a family history and want to explain the symptoms of an ancestor's disease." Family Tree Magazine

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