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The Cambridge World History of Human Disease


  • 65 b/w illus. 22 maps 59 tables
  • Page extent: 1200 pages
  • Size: 279 x 215 mm
  • Weight: 2.91 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 610/.9
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: R131 .C233 1993
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Medicine--History
    • Medical geography
    • Epidemiology
    • Disease
    • History of Medicine

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521332866 | ISBN-10: 0521332869)

  • Published January 1993

Unavailable - out of print December 2017

$386.00 (R)

Combining recent medical discoveries with historical and geographical scholarship, The Cambridge World History of Human Disease traces the concept of disease throughout history and in each major world region. It offers the history and geography of each significant human disease--both historical and contemporary--from AIDS to yellow fever, and touches on the variety of approaches that different medical traditions have used to fight disease. Accessible to laypeople and specialists alike, The Cambridge World History of Human Disease offers an extraordinary glimpse of what is known about human health as the twenty-first century begins. This important book is now being reissued with a fresh new jacket design.


Part I. Medicine and Disease: An Overview: Part II. Changing Concepts of Health and Disease: Part III. Medical Specialities and Disease Prevention: Part IV. Measuring Health: Part V. The History of Human Disease in the World Outside Asia: Part VI. The History of Human Disease in Asia: Part VII. The Geography of Human Disease: Part VIII. The Major Human Diseases Past and Present.

Prize Winner

Doody's Best Health Sciences Books for 1993


"The Cambridge World History of Human Disease is probably the single most valuable reference work for any scholar of human health and medicine....[T]his work covers an enormous range of biology, history, anthropology, and epidemiology with impressive depth." Lawrence M. Schell et al., American Journal of Human Biology

"The publication of this epoch-making book testifies to the range and the maturity of contemporary scholarship in the history of medicine. It will quickly become indispensable to students of epidemiology and related fields." Gary B. Ferngren, New England Journal of Medicine

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