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Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to Avian Flu

Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to Avian Flu cover

Deaths from epidemic disease are rare in the developed world, yet in our technically and medically advanced society, an ever-present risk of disease has created an industry out of fear.
As Philip Alcabes persuasively argues in Dread, our anxieties about epidemics often stray from the facts on the ground. In a fascinating exploration of the social and cultural history of epidemics, Alcabes delivers a different narrative of disease-one that requires that we reexamine our choice of enemies, and carefully consider the potential motivation of epidemic alarm-bells to further medical, moral, or political campaigns.

Philip Alcabes is an Associate Professor of Urban Public Health at Hunter College and Visiting Clinical Associate Professor at the Yale School of Nursing.

ISBN: 9781586488093

ISBN-10: 9781586488093

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Publication Date: 04/13/2010 - 12:00am

On Sale: 04/13/2010 - 12:00am

Pages: 336

Language: English

Categories

Health & Fitness / Diseases / Contagious

Medical / Epidemiology

Social Science / Disease & Health Issues