Provides a fascinating cartographic insight into the worlds most deadly diseases and epidemics.
Behind every disease is a story, a complex narrative woven of multiple threads, from the natural history of the disease, to the tale of its discovery and its place in history. But what is vital in all of this is how the disease spreads and develops. In The Atlas of Disease, Sandra Hempel reveals how maps have uncovered insightful information about the history of disease, from the seventeenth century plague maps that revealed the radical idea that diseases might be carried and spread by humans, to cholera maps in the 1800s showing the disease was carried by water, right up to the AIDs epidemic in the 1980s and the recent Ebola outbreak.
Crucially, The Atlas of Disease will also explore how cartographic techniques have been used to combat epidemics by revealing previously hidden patterns. These discoveries have changed the course of history, affected human evolution, stimulated advances in medicine and shaped countless lives.
Sandra Hempel has been a medical journalist for most of her career and has written two books about the history of medicine and science. The first, The Medical Detective, won the BMA prize for the public understanding of science and the MJAs Tony Twistlethwaite prize, and the second, The Inheritors Powder, was serialised as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week in 2013 and reached number nine in the US list of best-selling science books.
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