Author: Sarah Dry
Publisher: Earthscan
ISBN: 1849776423
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Recent disease events such as SARS, H1N1 and avian influenza, and haemorrhagic fevers have focussed policy and public concern as never before on epidemics and so-called 'emerging infectious diseases'. Understanding and responding to these often unpredictable events have become major challenges for local, national and international bodies. All too often, responses can become restricted by implicit assumptions about who or what is to blame that may not capture the dynamics and uncertainties at play in the multi-scale interactions of people, animals and microbes. As a result, policies intended to forestall epidemics may fail, and may even further threaten health, livelihoods and human rights. The book takes a unique approach by focusing on how different policy-makers, scientists, and local populations construct alternative narratives-accounts of the causes and appropriate responses to outbreaks- about epidemics at the global, national and local level. The contrast between emergency-oriented, top-down responses to what are perceived as potentially global outbreaks and longer-term approaches to diseases, such as AIDS, which may now be considered endemic, is highlighted. Case studies-on avian influenza, SARS, obesity, H1N1 influenza, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and haemorrhagic fevers-cover a broad historical, geographical and biological range. As this book explores, it is often the most vulnerable members of a population-the poor, the social excluded and the already ill-who are likely to suffer most from epidemic diseases. At the same time, they may be less likely to benefit from responses that may be designed from a global perspective that neglects social, ecological and political conditions on the ground. This book aims to bring the focus back to these marginal populations to reveal the often unintended consequences of current policy responses to epidemics. Important implications emerge - for how epidemics are thought about and represented; for how surveillance and response is designed; and for whose knowledge and perspectives should be included. Published in association with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Epidemics And Pandemics

Author: J. N. Hays
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1851096582
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This book is a comprehensive examination of 50 epidemics, from ancient Greece to the present. Each chapter presents basic facts about an epidemic, discussion of its historical significance, contemporary understanding and responses, and effects on demographics, politics, economics, and religion.

Epidemics And Ideas

Author: Terence Ranger
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521558310
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Epidemic diseases have always been a test of the ability of human societies to withstand sudden shocks. How are such large mortalities and the illness of large proportions of the population to be explained and dealt with? How have the sources of disease been identified and controls imposed? The chapters in this book, by acknowledged experts in the history of their periods, look at the ways in which the great epidemic diseases of the past--from classical Athens to the present day--have shaped not only our views of medicine and disease, but the ways in which people have defined the "health" of society in general terms.

The Burdens Of Disease

Author: J. N. Hays
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813548179
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A review of the original edition of The Burdens of Disease that appeared in ISIS stated, "Hays has written a remarkable book. He too has a message: That epidemics are primarily dependent on poverty and that the West has consistently refused to accept this." This revised edition confirms the book's timely value and provides a sweeping approach to the history of disease. In this updated volume, with revisions and additions to the original content, including the evolution of drug-resistant diseases and expanded coverage of HIV/AIDS, along with recent data on mortality figures and other relevant statistics, J. N. Hays chronicles perceptions and responses to plague and pestilence over two thousand years of western history. Disease is framed as a multidimensional construct, situated at the intersection of history, politics, culture, and medicine, and rooted in mentalities and social relations as much as in biological conditions of pathology. This revised edition of The Burdens of Disease also studies the victims of epidemics, paying close attention to the relationships among poverty, power, and disease.

Epidemics And History

Author: Sheldon J. Watts
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300080872
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A study of the great epidemic scourges of humanity over the last six centuries. It examines the connections between the movement of epidemics and the manifestations of imperial power in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe, showing how perceptions of whom a disease targeted changed over time.

Homeopathy For Epidemics

Author: Eileen Nauman
Publisher: Light Technology Publishing
ISBN: 9781891824425
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Homeopathy is a complementary form of medicine that has been practiced around the world since the 1700s. It heals on the basis of like cures like, calling upon our body's vital force to heal itself. In her new book, Eileen Nauman, herself a homeopathic practitioner with many years experience, offers homeopathy as the answer to the question, "What can we do in times of crises when modern medicine fails?" Homeopathy for Epidemics explains what homeopathy is and how it works. Well-researched background information on modern epidemics and potential bioterrorism dangers tells us what we might be dealing with. A detailed materia medica describes which homeopathic remedy could be the one that might save our lives. A comprehensive section on posttraumatic stress disorder helps us figure out what we can do to heal after we've lived through an epidemic or terrorist crisis. And a detailed index lets us find answers to our questions quickly and easily. With its wealth of information, Homeopathy for Epidemics is a must-have in these times of crises when our lives might depend on making the right choice.

Epidemics In The Modern World

Author: Joann P. Krieg
Publisher: Twayne Pub
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Epidemics and their effects on human populations have provided a literary theme extending from the Bible to Albert Camus's The Plague, yet this theme is significantly absent from the literature of the United States. Why? In this groundbreaking study, Joann P. Krieg uncovers the hidden concerns in the American psyche concerning epidemic diseases as she traces evidence of specific fears peculiar to the development of a national self-consciousness, especially with regard to nature in the New World. Beginning with the colonial era, ministers, politicians, and writers have downplayed, denied, or only obliquely alluded to such public miseries as smallpox, yellow fever, cholera, tuberculosis, and now AIDS, partly because of a fervent need to believe that only the old world of Europe is plague-ridden and corrupt. America, by contrast, is fresh and green, its people ever young and healthy. This attitude of denial affected even the greatest of American writers, some of whom - such as Charles Brockden Brown, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau - were themselves victims of epidemical diseases. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, and Walt Whitman broached the subject of epidemics, though often indirectly or with ambivalence. Later, Henry James, Willa Cather, and Katherine Anne Porter brought psychological awareness to the portrayal of dilemmas raised when Americans confronted epidemic illness at a personal level. Today, AIDS challenges the hope of many Americans that geographical distance will provide immunity. As Krieg demonstrates, new literature by Larry Kramer, Paul Monette, and Susan Sontag speaks with increasing daring about the once-taboo subject of epidemics and their impact on national myths as well as on individual lives.

The Geographical Structure Of Epidemics

Author: Peter Haggett
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199241453
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The ways in which the great plagues of the past and present have spread around the world remains only partly understood. Peter Haggett's research over the last thirty years has focused on mapping and modelling the paths by which epidemics spread through human communities. In 1998 this led to him being invited to give the inaugural lectures in a new series, the Clarendon Lectures in Geography and Environmental Studies. The resulting book, Geographical Structure of Epidemics, presents anaccessible, concise, and well illustrated account of how environmental and geographical concepts can be used to enhance our knowledge of the origins and progress of epidemics, and sometimes to slow to slow or halt their spread.