Great American Diseases,
Edition 1 Their Effects on the course of North American History
By Ian R Tizard and Jeffrey MB Musser

Publication Date: 20 Jan 2022
Great American Diseases: Their Effects on the Course of North American History presents medical history as it pertains to the major infectious diseases of North America. The book is designed to provide an interesting and engaging introduction to microbiology, immunology and epidemiology. With the advent of COVID-19, this book will serve as a reference on the history of previous epidemics. The book presents pandemics in an easy-to-read volume and provides concise chapters on the history of a disease, progression of understanding on the pathogen (agent of the disease), and their social ramifications through the history of North America.

Key Features

  • 2023 PROSE Awards - Winner: Finalist: Reference Works – Biological and Life Sciences: Association of American Publishers
  • Focuses on the major infectious and parasitic diseases of North America
  • Provides historical and scientific information in an easy-to-digest volume
  • Includes an introduction to the basic science of bacteriology, virology, immunology and epidemiology
About the author
By Ian R Tizard, Texas A &M University, College Station, Texas, USA and Jeffrey MB Musser, Clinical Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
Table of Contents

1. Infectious Diseases and their Causes
2. Immunity and Recovery from Infectious Diseases
3. Diseases among the First Inhabitants
4. Tuberculosis – Another Ancient Disease
5. Syphilis and the Columbian Exchange
6. Malaria – 1492
7. Smallpox – 1519
8. Measles – 1537
9. Typhoid and Typhus – 1607
10. Yellow Fever – 1647
11. Cholera – 1832
12. Poliomyelitis – 1841
13. Disease and the Civil War
14. Plague and San Francisco – 1900
15. Influenza – 1918
16. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome – 1981
17. Panic and Neglect – 2000-2018
18. Another Respiratory Coronavirus; Covid-19 – 2020

Book details
ISBN: 9780323989251
Page Count: 400
Retail Price : £115.00

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Medical professionals, Immunologists, Epidemiologists, Biomedical Science students, Premedical and pre-nursing students; Interested laypersons, Medical historians