By: C Spinage
765 pages, B/w photos & illus
The most comprehensive general study of the history of cattle plague or rinderpest yet attempted, of which there has not been a book in English since 1866. With its stranglehold on the economy of Europe until the later 19th century, rinderpest has been the most neglected study in history. The most virulent and dreaded animal disease to affect Europe and Asia from ancient times with up to 95 percent mortality of affected cattle; in the 18th century it is estimated to have carried off more than 200 million head of cattle in Europe, exclusive of Siberia and Tartary.
From the Contents: Part I: Introduction and Background.- Part II: The History of Rinderpest in Europe.- Part III: Control Measures, Legislation and Effects.- Part IV: Cures and Remedies.- Part V: The History of Rinderpest in Asia and Africa.- Appendix I.- Appendix II.- Appendix III.- Bibliography.- Index.
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