Recent interest in new diseases, such as HIV / AIDS and Ebola, and the resurgence of older diseases like tuberculosis have fostered questions about the history of human infectious diseases. How did they evolve? Where did they originate? What natural factors have stalled the progression of diseases or made them possible? How does a microorganism become a pathogen? How have infectious diseases changed through time? What can we do to control their occurrence?
Ethne Barnes offers answers to these questions, using information from history and medicine as well as from anthropology. She focuses on changes in the patterns of human behavior through cultural evolution and how they have affected the development of human diseases.
Ethne Barnes provides a readable account of diseases past and future and of how human habits influence disease. Fascinating chapters include those on such infectious diseases as leprosy, tuberculosis, syphilis, malaria, smallpox, cholera, yellow fever, and HIV. By understanding the important interaction of human cultural evolution and disease, Barnes shows the origins of today's array of diseases and what the future may bring. - JAMA: Journal of American Medical Association "This fascinating book brings together information about emerging and reemerging infectious diseases and human cultural evolution.... The book is very readable." - Science Books & Films"
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