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Highly readable, American Plagues relays the most important epidemics in U.S. history. The author's engaging writing style helps readers understand the major concepts in the spread of disease and the roles of medicine and public health in combating epidemics. Current and classic medical studies are used as examples throughout the text. Highly readable, American Plagues relays the most important epidemics in U.S. history. The author's engaging writing style helps readers understand the major concepts in the spread of disease and the roles of medicine and public health in combating epidemics. Current and classic medical studies are used as examples throughout the text.


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Highly readable, American Plagues relays the most important epidemics in U.S. history. The author's engaging writing style helps readers understand the major concepts in the spread of disease and the roles of medicine and public health in combating epidemics. Current and classic medical studies are used as examples throughout the text. Highly readable, American Plagues relays the most important epidemics in U.S. history. The author's engaging writing style helps readers understand the major concepts in the spread of disease and the roles of medicine and public health in combating epidemics. Current and classic medical studies are used as examples throughout the text.

44 review for American Plagues: Lessons from Our Battles with Disease

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    It took me a while to read this, like some of the other non-fiction books I've chosen this year, because it's fact-dense. This is a history of the study of major diseases that have afflicted America since its early days, complete with the miasma and humors predilections of the 18th C. (somewhat debunked by Dr. Benjamin Rush, also a signor of the Declaration of Independence) straight on through to the anti-vaxxer science-deniers who object to the MMR vaccine. One of the takeaways from this interes It took me a while to read this, like some of the other non-fiction books I've chosen this year, because it's fact-dense. This is a history of the study of major diseases that have afflicted America since its early days, complete with the miasma and humors predilections of the 18th C. (somewhat debunked by Dr. Benjamin Rush, also a signor of the Declaration of Independence) straight on through to the anti-vaxxer science-deniers who object to the MMR vaccine. One of the takeaways from this interesting book is the realization that statistical analysis and the difficulty and/or challenges in formulating a proper study are essential tools medicine wields in order to find out what causes an illness and how it might be treated. I especially enjoyed the chapter on TB and Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, who championed the fresh air cure for tuberculosis, since my father, who was the Tuberculosis Controller for the City of Detroit in the 1950s and '60s, was the president of the American Trudeau Society in, I believe, 1955. This book is readable and engrossing - the statistics and science are presented in a very understandable way. A rousing endorsement of modern medicine (and the route toward attaining it) and the scientific method.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy-Karen

    Hubbie brought home from library - and I read anything and everything that is brought into this house. So... first half of each chapter very interesting. Second half of each gets too detailed for my tastes. Thus, I read about half of this book - but I did enjoy what I read.

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