Murderous Contagion: A Human History of Disease by Mary Dobson

By Mary Dobson

Disease is the genuine serial killer of human background: the horrors of bubonic plague, cholera, syphilis, smallpox, tuberculosis and so on have claimed extra lives and prompted extra distress than the depredations of battle, famine and usual failures mixed.

Murderous Contagion tells the compelling and now and then unbearably relocating tale of the devastating influence of ailments on humankind - from the Black loss of life of the 14th century to the Spanish flu of 1918-19 and the AIDS epidemic of the fashionable period. during this e-book Mary Dobson additionally relates the endeavours of physicians and scientists to appreciate and establish the factors of ailments and locate methods of forestalling them.

This is a well timed and revelatory paintings of well known heritage by way of a author whose wisdom of, and exuberance for, her topic shines via her each word.

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