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By Ethne Barnes

ISBN-10: 0826330657

ISBN-13: 9780826330659

ISBN-10: 0826330665

ISBN-13: 9780826330666

contemporary curiosity in new illnesses, akin to HIV/AIDS and Ebola, and the resurgence of older ailments like tuberculosis has fostered questions about the heritage of human infectious ailments. How did they evolve? the place did they originate? What typical elements have stalled the development of illnesses or made them attainable? How does a microorganism develop into a pathogen? How have infectious ailments replaced via time? What do we do to manage their occurrence?

Ethne Barnes deals solutions to those questions, utilizing info from historical past and medication in addition to from anthropology. She specializes in alterations within the styles of human habit via cultural evolution and the way they've got affected the advance of human diseases.

Writing in a transparent, energetic kind, Barnes bargains common overviews of each number of illness and their companies, from bugs and worms via rodent vectors to family pets and cattle. She devotes complete chapters to significant infectious ailments comparable to leprosy, syphilis, smallpox, and influenza. different chapters be aware of different types of illnesses ("gut bugs," for instance, together with cholera, typhus, and salmonella). the ultimate chapters conceal illnesses that experience made headlines in recent times, between them mad cow disorder, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease.

In the culture of Berton Roueché, Hans Zinsser, and Sherwin Nuland, Ethne Barnes solutions questions you by no means knew you had in regards to the germs that experience threatened us all through human history.

Ethne Barnes is examine advisor in actual anthropology/paleopathology with the Corinth excavations of the yank institution of Classical reviews, Athens, Greece. She serves within the comparable means for the INAH l. a. Playa burial excavations in Northwest Mexico.


"Diseases and Human Evolution presents an target and engaging creation to this subject." -- The Bloomsbury Review

"Ethne Barnes presents a readable account of ailments previous and destiny and of ways human behavior effect disease." -- JAMA: magazine of yankee clinical Association

"This attention-grabbing booklet brings jointly information regarding rising and reemerging infectious illnesses and human cultural evolution. . . The booklet is especially readable. i like to recommend this ebook very hugely, rather for school and public libraries." -- technological know-how Books & Films

"[Diseases and Human Evolution] offers a pretty whole knowing of the subspecialty of scientific anthropology which examines the interaction of human tradition and the evolution of disease." -- Doody's scientific Reviews

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