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Plagues and the paradox of progress : why the world Is getting healthier in worrisome ways

Author: Thomas J Bollyky
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Plagues and parasites have played a central role in world affairs, shaping the evolution of the modern state, the growth of cities, and the disparate fortunes of national economies. This book tells that story, but it is not about the resurgence of pestilence. It is the story of its decline. For the first time in recorded history, virus, bacteria, and other infectious diseases are not the leading cause of death or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Informational works
Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas J Bollyky
ISBN: 9780262038454 0262038455 9780262348072 0262348071
OCLC Number: 1027736889
Description: xvi, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The Age-old balance between host and parasite --
Determinants of history, agents of human tragedy --
The different paths to progress --
Why worry in the Age of Miracles? --
A worrisome future is not inevitable --
1. How the world starts getting better --
Death, disease, and the fall of prehistoric man --
The path to better health in wealthier nations --
A better world begins as a more unequal one --
2. --
Diseases of conquest and colony --
The colonial and military roots of global health --
The path to better health in poorer nations --
Death and demography --
The legacy of ebola --
The difference that health aid makes --
3. Diseases of childhood --
A child survival revolution --
China's other great leap forward --
Is healthier wealthier? --
The (potential) dividends of demography --
Sunny in Nairobi, with a chance of storms --
Cell phones, not factories --
The perils of youth --
4. --
Diseases of settlement --
Cholera and the white death --
A simple solution --
Poor world cities --
The perils of growing naturally --
Climate and the environment --
The Tunis effect --
Returning to Dhaka --
5. Diseases of place --
The growth industry in Agadez, Niger --
People, not just potatoes --
Migration as the history of disease --
The world is getting better in worrisome ways --
6. --
The exoneration of William H. Stewart --
Confronting the complex of multiple causation --
The role of aid in adapting to the decline of infectious diseases --
The myth of the good epidemic.
Responsibility: Thomas J. Bollyky.

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