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The First Horseman: Disease in Human History…

The First Horseman: Disease in Human History

by John Aberth

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This is a short text from my daughter's history course at uni last year. It focuses on four pandemics in history: The Black Death in Europe (1347-1350), the American Holocaust-- Smallpox (1518-1670), Bubonic & Pneumonic Plague in India & China (1896-1921), and AIDs in Sub-Saharan Africa (1982-2007). Each section is divided into two parts. The first looks at the event, the disease, social consequences, etc. and the second section is key primary sources from the time. All very interesting and readable. This is a history text, not a science text, which aligns with my way of learning.

Rating: At least four stars. There aren't any reviews of this in LT, and only one other rating, which is one star. This baffles me--that rating would mean the book was horribly written (definitely not) or flat out wrong (also not). I'm guessing that person either had to read this for a class that he hated, or something in the text offended his colonialist white privilege. ( )
5 vote Nickelini | Apr 28, 2016 |
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This text intends to emphasis to students that widespread, deadly disease is not a distant historical phenomenon, but a continuing threat to humanity. It explains the economic, political, social, and psychological problems that deadly diseases have caused in our past and the challenges we face currently and in the future. The importance of this study is emphasized by the author's last line in the text, "The history of disease will go on, despite once confident predictions of an end to epidemics in our times, and those who now wage the heroic struggle to find elusive cures to our new plagues may find that they have more to learn from the past than had once been thought."

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