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Author Phillips. H., 1949-

Title Epidemics [electronic resource] : the story of South Africa's five most lethal human diseases / Howard Phillips.

Imprint Athens : Ohio University Press, 2012.

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Description 1 online resource (168 pages :) : illustrations.
Series Ohio short histories of Africa
Ohio short histories of Africa.
Note "First published as Plague, Pox and Pandemics by Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd in 2012."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Smallpox, 1713/1893: 'There are no people left, only stones' -- Plague, 1901/1907: 'The dreaded disorder' -- Spanish flu, 1918/1919: 'It threatens the existence of the entire race' -- Poliomyelitis, 1918/1963: 'The middle-class plague' -- HIV/AIDS, 1982/ : 'A catastrophe in slow motion' -- Conclusion.
Summary "This is the first history of epidemics in South Africa, lethal episodes that significantly shaped this society over three centuries. Focusing on five devastating diseases between 1713 and today--smallpox, bubonic plague, "Spanish influenza," polio, and HIV/AIDS--the book probes their origins, their catastrophic courses, and their consequences in both the short and long terms. The impacts of these epidemics ranged from the demographic--the "Spanish flu," for instance, claimed the lives of 6 percent of the country's population in six weeks--to the political, the social, the economic, the spiritual, the psychological, and the cultural. Moreover, as each of these epidemics occurred at crucial moments in the country's history--such as during the South African War and World War I--the book also examines how these processes affected and were affected by the five epidemics. To those who read this book, history will not look the same again."--Project Muse.
Local Note eBooks on EBSCOhost EBSCO eBook Subscription Academic Collection - North America
Subject Epidemics -- South Africa -- History.
Diseases and history -- South Africa.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Title Story of South Africa's five most lethal human diseases
Other Form: Print version: 9780821420287
Print version: 9780821444429
ISBN 0821444425 (electronic bk.)
9780821444429 (electronic bk.)
9780821420287 (pb alk. paper)