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Germs, genes, & civilization : how epidemics shaped who we are today

Author: David P Clark
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : FT Press, ©2010.
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"Clear, thoughtful, and thought-provoking, Germs, Genes & Civilization makes the case that infectious diseases have played a major role in shaping society. Clark argues that religion, morals, and even democracy have all been influenced by the smallest and most dangerous organisms on our planet. While you may not accept every argument, you will be stimulated, entertained, and enlightened."---Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David P Clark
ISBN: 9780137019960 0137019963
OCLC Number: 473120711
Description: xix, 283 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : our debt to disease --
Where did our diseases come from? --
Transmission, overcrowding, and virulence --
Water, sewers, and empires --
Meat and vegetables --
Pestilence and warfare --
Venereal disease and sexual behavior --
Religion and tradition : health below or heaven above? --
Manpower and slavery --
Urbanization and democracy --
Emerging diseases and the future.
Other Titles: Germs, genes, and civilization
Responsibility: David P. Clark.

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"Clear, thoughtful, and thought-provoking, Germs, Genes & Civilization makes the case that infectious diseases have played a major role in shaping society. Clark argues that religion, morals, and even democracy have all been influenced by the smallest and most dangerous organisms on our planet. While you may not accept every argument, you will be stimulated, entertained, and enlightened."---Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D., President, Stony Brook University, and former Director of the Midwest Regional Center for Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research --

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