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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:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView 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 disease ... yet 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,  Read more...
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Alcabes, Philip.
Dread.
New York : PublicAffairs, ©2009
(DLC) 2009000248
(OCoLC)297494709
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Alcabes
ISBN: 0786741465 9780786741465
OCLC Number: 646801262
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 313 pages)
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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