American Plagues: Lessons From Our Battles With Disease by Stephen H. GehlbachAmerican Plagues: Lessons From Our Battles With Disease by Stephen H. Gehlbach

American Plagues: Lessons From Our Battles With Disease

byStephen H. Gehlbach

Hardcover | April 14, 2016

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Smallpox, yellow fever, malaria, and polio, fearful diseases that once beset Americans, are now largely, just unhappy history. Yet from our confrontations with these past plagues come lessons that inform today's struggles to understand and remedy problems like HIV/AIDS, coronary heart disease, and Ebola infection. American Plagues weaves stories of encounters with epidemics over our history with lessons that aid our present understanding of health and disease. Doctors and clergy, writers and newsmen, public health institutions, and even an entire town relate their personal experiences with various outbreaks and the ways they were identified, contained, and treated. The stories are filled with ambition and accomplishment, jealousy and disappointment, public spirit and self-interest, egotism and modesty. Some episodes lead to vital discoveries. Others were unproductive. Yet each proved instructive and expanded our abilities to gather and process information in ways that improve medicine and public health today.American Plagues gives readers insights into some of the people and events that make up our rich public health history as well as skills to better grasp the complex health information that cascades upon us from the media.
Stephen H. Gehlbach, MD, MPH, is Dean Emeritus of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He served in the Epidemic Intelligence Service with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based in Atlanta. A past president of the Council on Education for Public Health, the na...
Title:American Plagues: Lessons From Our Battles With DiseaseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.27 × 6.39 × 1.08 inPublished:April 14, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1: Gunpowder and Calomel: Benjamin Rush and the Malignant Yellow Fever2: Doctors and Ministers: Smallpox in Boston, 17213: Noddle's Island Experiment: Benjamin Waterhouse and Vaccination4: Scourge of the Middle West: Autumnal Fever and Daniel Drake5: Improving the Numbers: Lemuel Shattuck's Report6: Adirondack Cure: Consumption and Edward Trudeau7: The Beginning and the End: Epidemic Poliomyelitis8: A Cancer Grows: Edward Murrow and the Cigarette9: Searching America's Heart: the Framingham Study10: A Cure for Complacency: HIV/AIDS11: Too Little, Too Much: Healthcare Related Infections12: Another Kind of Plague: Measles and Misinformation

Editorial Reviews

Stephen Gehlbach masterfully tells the fascinating stories of major American disease outbreaks over almost three centuries. Each narrative illuminates the passion and intellect needed to solve the epidemic, both infectious and chronic. The historical context and clearly presented data evidence grab the reader. What better way to learn epidemiology than by following the steps, one by one, of resolving these public health threats. This book is a superb addition for public health students, undergraduate and graduate. As well, it is very good read.