A Short History of Disease by Sean Martin
Oldcastle Books: 9/15/15
eBook review copy; 320 pages
A Short History of Disease by Sean Martin is a very highly
recommended concise, easy to read history that presents a good overview
of infectious and non-infectious
The book begins with definitions and origins and then is divided up by
time periods, from prehistory to modern times. "Analyzing case studies
Black Death, Spanish Flu, cholera, leprosy, syphilis, cancer, and
Ebola, this book systematically maps the development of trends and the
latest research on disease into a concise and enlightening timeline."
Naturally anything with such a broad scope is not going to contain an
exhaustive amount of information covering every faucet of every disease.
It does have a nice balance of history and diseases, including how
society has handled them over the decades - and spread them.
Contents include: Introduction: Definitions, Origins; Chapter One:
Prehistory; Chapter Two: Antiquity; Chapter Three: The Dark and Middle
Ages; Chapter Four: The New World; Chapter Five: Early Modern to 1900;
Chapter Six: The Twentieth Century; Chapter Seven: New Diseases; Notes,
Glossary of Diseases, Bibliography, and Index.
I'll freely admit that I have a fondness for books on diseases and
outbreaks of various epidemics or pandemics, so this accessible survey
of diseases is right up my alley. I thought Martin did an excellent job
presenting the history of diseases in a way that doesn't seem too
daunting or overwhelming while including a wealth of pertinent
information. As is also my wont, I was thrilled to see that A Short History of Disease
includes notes, a bibliography, and index. I really liked the
inclusion of a glossary of diseases which I think could be helpful for
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of Oldcastle Books for review