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Dread : how fear and fantasy have fueled epidemics from the Black Death to avian flu

Author: Philip Alcabes
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The average individual is far more likely to die in a car accident than from a communicable diseaseỷet we are still much more fearful of the epidemic. Even at our most level-headed, the thought of an epidemic can inspire terror. As Alcabes persuasively argues in Dread, our anxieties about epidemics are created not so much by the germ or microbe in question-or the actual risks of contagion-but by the unknown, the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Alcabes
ISBN: 9781586486181 1586486187
OCLC Number: 297494709
Description: vii, 313 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The sense of an epidemic --
Plague : birth of the model epidemic --
Cholera, poverty, and the politicized epidemic --
Germs, science, and the stranger --
The conquest of contagion --
Postmodern epidemics --
Managing the imagined epidemic.
Responsibility: Philip Alcabes.
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Presents a comprehensive journey through the history of epidemics that focuses on the story of how societies have responded to them - and what those responses reveal about their fears, their  Read more...

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Helen Epstein, author of "Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa" "In this richly detailed and fascinating book, Alcabes explores the meaning of epidemics throughout Read more...

 
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