Epidemic Disease and Human Understanding: A Historical Analysis of Scientific and Other Writings Charles De Paolo

ISBN: 9780786425068

Published: February 1st 2006

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258 pages


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Epidemic Disease and Human Understanding: A Historical Analysis of Scientific and Other Writings  by  Charles De Paolo

Epidemic Disease and Human Understanding: A Historical Analysis of Scientific and Other Writings by Charles De Paolo
February 1st 2006 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 258 pages | ISBN: 9780786425068 | 4.46 Mb

For more than three thousand years of recorded history, human beings have struggled to understand the epidemic?the rapid spread of a contagious disease throughout a human population. This book draws on an extensive list of primary texts to present aMoreFor more than three thousand years of recorded history, human beings have struggled to understand the epidemic?the rapid spread of a contagious disease throughout a human population.

This book draws on an extensive list of primary texts to present a comprehensive history of epidemiological thought. Part I examines ancient religious, mythological and philosophical paradigms used to comprehend and interpret epidemic disease. Following the ancient period, perceptions changed- epidemics were understood as natural phenomena rather than as instruments of divine purpose.

This transition is covered in Part II and illuminated by historical documents. Systematic examination of biomedical phenomena, which began in the seventeenth century and developed into modern medicine, is the focus of Part III. Finally, Part IV considers the ways in which epidemic disease has been treated in various works of literature.



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