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The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease


  • Page extent: 428 pages
  • Size: 253 x 177 mm
  • Weight: 0.96 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 616/.009
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: RC41 .C365 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Diseases--History--Dictionaries

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521808347 | ISBN-10: 0521808340)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published June 2003

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$108.00 (R)

The Cambridge World History of Human Disease (CWHHD) was first published by Cambridge in 1993. The basis of this Dictionary is Part VIII, the last section of the work, that comprises a history and description of the world's major diseases of yesterday and today in chapters organized alphabetically from "Acquired Immune Deficient Syndrome (AIDS)" to "Yellow Fever." The last section of CWHHD has been fully revised and the essays have been condensed into shorter entries, with up-to-date information on AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, Ebola, and Tuberculosis. The Dictionary also includes three chapters from other parts of the CWHHD on "Heart-Related Diseases," "Cancer," and Genetic Disease." Including contributions from over 100 medical and social scientists worldwide, the Dictionary is a truly interdisciplinary history of medicine and human disease. Kenneth Kiple is a distinguished professor of history at Bowling Green State University. His research and teaching interests include Latin America and the history of medicine, disease, and nutrition. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Institutes of Health. He is the editor of The Cambridge History of World Disease (Cambridge, 1993) and with Kriemhild Coneé Ornelas, the award-winning Cambridge World History of Food (Cambridge, 2000).


1. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS); 2. African Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping Sickness; 3. Ainhum; 4. Alzheimer's disease; 5. Amebic dysentery n; 6. Anemia; 7. Anorexia Nervosa; 8. Anthrax; 9. Apoplexy and Stroke; 10. Arboviruses; 11. Arenaviruses; 12. Arthritis (rheumatoid); 13. Ascariasis; 14. Bacillary dysentery; 15. Beriberi; 16. The Black Death; 17. Black and brown lung disease; 18. Bleeding disorders; 19. Botulism; 20. Brucellosis (Malta Fever, Undulant Fever); 21. Bubonic plague; 22. Cancer; 23. Carrion's disease (Oroya fever); 24. Catarrh; 25. Cestode infection; 26. Chagas' disease; 27. Chlorosis; 28. Cholera; 29. Cirrhosis; 30. Clonorchiasis; 31. Croup; 32. Cystic Fibrosis; 33. Cytomegalovirus infection; 34. Dengue; 35. Diabetes; 36. Diarrheal diseases (Acute); 37. Diphtheria; 38. Down Syndrome; 39. Dracunculiasis; 40. Dropsy; 41. Dysentery; 42. Dyspepsia; 43. Ebola virus disease; 44. Echinococcosis (Hydatidosis); 45. Eclampsia; 46. Emphysema; 47. Encephalitis Lethargica; 48. Enterobiasis; 49. Epilepsy; 50. Ergotism; 51. Erysipelas; 52. Fascioliasis; 53. Fasciolopsiasis; 54. Favism; 55. Filariasis; 56. Fungus infections (Mycoses); 57. Fungus poisoning; 58. Gallstones (Cholelithiasis); 59. Gangrene; 60. Genetic disease Eric J. Devor; 61. Giardiasis; 62. Glomerulonephritis (Bright's disease); 63. Goiter; 64. Gonorrhea; 65. Gout; 66. Heart-related diseases; 67. Herpes Simplex; 68. Herpesviruses; 69. Histoplasmosis; 70. Hookworm infection; 71. Huntington's disease (Chorea); 72. Hypertension; 73. Infectious hepatitis; 74. Infectious Mononucleosis 75. Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative, Colitis); 76. Influenza; 77. Japanese B Encephalitis; 78. Lactose intolerance and malabsorption; 79. Lassa fever; 80. Lead poisoning 81. Legionnaires' disease (Legionellosis, Pontiac Fever, Legionella Pneumonia); 82. Leishmaniasis; 83. Leprosy (Hansen's disease); 84. Leptospirosis 85. Leukemia; 86. Lupus Erythematosus; 87. Lyme Borreliosis (Lyme Disease) 88. Malaria; 89. Marburg virus disease; 90. Mastoiditis; 91. Measles; 92. Meningitis; 93. Milk sickness (tremetol poisoning); 94. Multiple Sclerosis; 95. Mumps; 96. Muscular dystrophy; 97. Myasthenia Gravis; 98. Nematode infection; 99. Onchocerciasis; 100. Ophthalmia (trachoma, conjunctivitis); 101. Osteoarthritis; 102. Osteoporosis; 103. Paget's disease of Bone; 104. Paragonimiasis; 105. Parkinson's disease (Parkinsonism); 106. Pellagra; 107. Periodontal disease (Pyorrhea); 108. Pica; 109. Pinta; 110. Plague of Athens; 111. Pneumocystis pneumonia (interstitial plasma cell pneumonia, pneumocystosis); 112. Pneumonia; 113. Poliomyelitis; 114. Protein-energy malnutrition; 115. Protozoan infection; 116. Puerperal fever; 117. Q fever; 118. Rabies; 119. Relapsing fever; 120. Rheumatic fever and Rheumatic heart disease; 121. Rickets and Osteomalacia; 122. Rickettsial diseases; 123. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and related diseases; 124. Rubella; 125. Saint Anthony's Fire 126. Scarlet fever; 127. Schistosomiasis; 128. Scrofula; 129. Scurvy; 130. Sickle-Cell Anemia; 131. Smallpox; 132. Streptococcal diseases; 133. Strongyloidiasis; 134. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); 135. Sudden unexplained death syndrome (Asian SUDS); 136. Sweating sickness 137. Syphilis; 138. Syphilis, nonvenereal; 139. Tapeworm infection; 140. Tay-Sachs disease; 141. Tetanus; 142. Tetanus, neonatal; 143. Tetany; 144. Toxoplasmosis; 145. Trematode infection; 146. Trench fever; 147. The Treponematoses; 148. Trichinosis; 149. Trichuriasis; 150. Tuberculosis; 151. Tularemia; 152. Typhoid fever; 153. Typhomalarial fever; 154. Typhus, epidemic; 155. Typhus, Murine; 156. Typhus, scrub (Tsutsugamushi); 157. Urolithiasis; 158. Varicella-Zoster virus disease (Chickenpox); 159. Whooping cough; 160. Yaws; 161. Yellow fever.


"To read many of these esssays is to embark on a fascinating intellectual journey, if only because they illustrate not only what is known about individual diseases but what remains a mystery." ISIS

"...probably the single most valuable reference work for any scholar of human health and medicine..." American Journal of Human Biology

Praise for Kiple's recent Cambridge World History of Food...

"The paperback contains short, alphabetical entries from more than 100 medical and social scientists around the world written more in layman's terms than the original...In addition to serving as a resource for university medical history students, the book will appeal to the average reader." Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune

"This is one of the best resources available for background and perspective on the diseases that afflict human beings ... Worth keeping close by for handy reference." Bloomsbury Review

"An epicure fantasy encyclopedia come to life." Bon Appetit

"To read many of these esssays is to embark on a fascinating intellectual journey, if only because they illustrate not only what is known about individual diseases but what remains a mystery." ISIS

"It's hard not to feel a giggly kind of pleasure at the full extent of knowledge on display in the Cambridge World History of Food." ^The New Yorker

"In a word: Wow...The World History of Food is part fascinating reading, part essential reference tool. What's not in here dosen't exist." USA Today

"If you want to know more about what ailed your ancestors, this book will give you the details. For each disease--from AIDS to Yellow Fever--you'll learn about the common names, history, and symptoms and characteristics. This text's especially helpful if you're writing a family history and want to explain the symptoms of an ancestor's disease." Family Tree Magazine


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