Print ISBN: 978-1-64265-733-3
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# of Volumes: 2
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Defining Documents in World History: Pandemics, Plagues & Public Health

October 2020

Plagues and pandemics are a part of global history, from the biblical “plague of locusts” to today’s COVID-19 pandemic. Dealing with unchecked diseases and disasters has given rise to great human suffering and loss of life, but it has also played a significant role in shaping our societies. Advances in public health, medicine, scientific research, and even the arts have often been inspired by or required of those who have survived. This two-volume set includes content on the Black Death, smallpox, the plague,  malaria, typhoid, polio, SARS, AIDS, COVID-19, and others.

Documents included in Defining Documents in World History: Pandemics, Plagues & Public Health comprise political speeches, newspaper articles, medical advances, legislation, arranged chronologically. Some of the documents analyzed in this set include:

  • The Black Death: Two Readings 1348
  • Day the First of the Decameron 1353
  • A thankesgiving, for the decreasing, and hope of the removing of the plague; being a sermon preached at St. Pauls in London, upon the I. of Ianuary, 1636
  • A Practical Treatise of the Plague 1720
  • ANTI-INOCULATION LETTER by “W. Philanthroper,” [Dr. William Douglass], Boston News-Letter, July 17-24, 1721, excerpts
  • PRO-INOCULATION LETTER signed by Puritan clergymen Increase Mather, Cotton Mather, et. al The Boston Gazette, July 27-31, 1721, excerpts
  • Quarantine of the Convict Ship, Surry 1814
  • National Quarantine Act 1878
  • Prize Essay: Tuberculosis as a disease of the masses and how to combat it 1901
  • An Army Physician on the 1918 Flu Pandemic
  • History of Diptheria 1921
  • LA Times reports of pneumonic plague in 1924
  • Drinker and Shaw Develop a Mechanical Respirator 1929
  • Asian Flu Pandemic Kills Millions Worldwide 1957
  • “This Is Not a Gay Issue. This Is a Human Issue”: Early AIDS Patients Recount Their Experiences with the Disease 1981
  • Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 2009
  • “The Earlier, the Better: Building Immune Defenses Against H1N1,” News USA June 12, 2009
  • “Will the Coronavirus End Globalization as We Know It?”, Foreign Affairs, March 2020

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