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Biology of Plagues : Evidence from Historical Populations - Susan Scott

Biology of Plagues

Evidence from Historical Populations

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The threat of unstoppable plagues, such as AIDS and Ebola, is always with us. In Europe, the most devastating plagues were those from the Black Death pandemic in the 1300s to the Great Plague of London in 1665. For the past 100 years it has been accepted that Yersinia pestis, the infective agent of bubonic plague, was responsible for these epidemics. This book combines modern concepts of epidemiology and molecular biology with computer-modeling. Applying these concepts to the analysis of historical epidemics, the authors show that they were not, in fact, outbreaks of bubonic plague. Biology of Plagues offers a completely new interdisciplinary interpretation of the plagues of Europe, and establishes them within a geographical, historical, and demographic framework. This fascinating detective work will be of interest to readers in the social and biological sciences, and lessons learned will underline the implications of historical plagues for modern-day epidemiology.

'Biology of Plagues is a fascinating read for those interested in the history of infectious disease and it is provocative and thought provoking.' Richard W. Titball, Lancet ' ... the authors of this challenging book are to be commended for bringing together much fascinating information about plagues.' Times Higher Education Supplement

Introduction
Epidemiological concepts
The biology of bubonic plague
The Great Pestilence
Case study: the plague at Penrith in 1597âÇô98
Pestilence and plague in the 16th century in England
Plagues in the 16th century in northern England: a metapopulation study
Plagues in London in the 17th century
Plagues in the provinces in the 17th century
Plague at Eyam in 1665âÇô66: a case study
Continental Europe during the third age of plagues: a study of large-scale metapopulation dynamics
The Plague at Marseilles, 1720âÇô22: an outbreak of bubonic plague? 13. Conclusions
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521801508
ISBN-10: 0521801508
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 436
Published: 2nd April 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.81