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The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease - Kenneth F. Kiple

The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease

By: Kenneth F. Kiple (Editor)

Paperback | 2 June 2003

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The Cambridge World History of Human Disease (CWHHD) was first published by Cambridge in 1993. The basis of this Dictionary is Part VIII, the last section of the work, that comprises a history and description of the world's major diseases of yesterday and today in chapters organized alphabetically from "Acquired Immune Deficient Syndrome (AIDS)" to "Yellow Fever." The last section of CWHHD has been fully revised and the essays have been condensed into shorter entries, with up-to-date information on AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, Ebola, and Tuberculosis. The Dictionary also includes three chapters from other parts of the CWHHD on "Heart-Related Diseases," "Cancer," and Genetic Disease." Including contributions from over 100 medical and social scientists worldwide, the Dictionary is a truly interdisciplinary history of medicine and human disease. Kenneth Kiple is a distinguished professor of history at Bowling Green State University. His research and teaching interests include Latin America and the history of medicine, disease, and nutrition. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Institutes of Health. He is the editor of The Cambridge History of World Disease (Cambridge, 1993) and with Kriemhild Cone Ornelas, the award-winning Cambridge World History of Food (Cambridge, 2000).
Industry Reviews
'... it is full of fascinating snippets ... Put the entries together and you get a fine historical perspective from which to judge the panic over the 'global threat' posed by Sars or the risk posed by 'infectious immigrants.' Health Service Journal 'Written for a wide audience, including health professionals and the general reader, this dictionary offers a clear understanding and intriguing history of human disease ... an easy, accessible style ... '. Reference Reviews '... the book is readable and provides a good introduction to the topics. The information is accessible and does not require prior knowledge. It can also be useful to have a potted history of disease in one volume. In terms of readership, it should be an excellent source for family historians and genealogists who would like to know more about the diseases suffered by their ancestors.' Annals of Human Biology '... readers ... will effortlessly acquire a reliable basic understanding of each disease as it exists today, and of its emergence onto the biomedical stage ... readers ... particularly students, find themselves better prepared to tackle more complex and more specialized texts.' British Journal for the History of Science

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