Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence: From Ancient Times to the Present

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Facts On File, 2008 - History - 529 pages
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
  • Mad cow disease
  • Malaria
  • Rift Valley fever
  • SARS
  • Tuberculosis
  • West Nile virus.

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George Childs Kohn has written or edited numerous reference works, including The Dictionary of Historic Documents, The Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence, and The Dictionary of Wars (all for Facts On File). He lives in Madison, CT.

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