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Disease maps : epidemics on the ground

Author: Tom Koch
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the seventeenth century, a map of the plague suggested a radical idea--that the disease was carried and spread by humans. In the nineteenth century, maps of cholera cases were used to prove its waterborne nature. More recently, maps charting the swine flu pandemic caused worldwide panic and sent shockwaves through the medical community. In Disease Maps, Tom Koch contends that to understand epidemics and their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Maps
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Koch
ISBN: 9780226449357 0226449351
OCLC Number: 542321830
Description: ix, 330 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: The idea that is disease --
Moving forward: cartographies of disease --
Mapping symptoms, making disease --
Body and world: the sixteenth century --
Diseases in cities: the neighborhoods of plague --
The yellow fever thing --
Cholera: the exemplar --
"Asiatic cholera": India and then the world --
Bureaucratic cholera --
John Snow's cholera --
South London choleras: William Farr, John Snow, and John Simon --
Choleric broad street: the neighborhood disease --
Cholera, the exemplar --
The legacy and its future --
Cancer as cholera.
Responsibility: Tom Koch.

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Contends to understand epidemics and their history we need to think about maps of varying scale, from the individual body to shared symptoms evidenced across cities, nations, and the world. This  Read more...

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