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The Cambridge historical dictionary of disease
Kiple, Kenneth F., 1939-2016.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
xiii, 412 pages ; 25 cm
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Includes indexes.

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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).

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Booklist Review

To make The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease (1993) available to a wider audience, Cambridge has taken the section of the original work that describes the world's major diseases plus the chapters dealing with heart disease, cancer, and genetic diseases. The chapters were condensed and the bibliographies and graphics were omitted. Except for the addition of some postscripts on recent developments, content has not been updated. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Published in 1993, The Cambridge World History of Human Disease met with overwhelmingly favorable reviews. It was a massive work, with extensive articles written by international scholars. To make a large part of that work available to libraries with more restricted budgets, the editor has taken a slightly condensed version of Part 8, which consists of a history and description of 161 major diseases, and published it as a separate volume. Aimed at the lay reader, the alphabetical entries range from less than a page to approximately seven pages in length and include characteristics of the disease and a brief history. The bibliographies that accompanied each article in the original version have been deleted here, and only a minimal number of articles have been updated. As a result, many new health discoveries and concerns are not covered (e.g., fetal cell research for Parkinson's, the chickenpox vaccine, debates over the destruction of the smallpox stockpile, and the bioterrorism concerns surrounding anthrax), though the entries on AIDS, Alzheimer's, Ebola, and tuberculosis include brief postscripts by the editor that discuss new developments. More recent information on the diseases presented here is easily located in such resources as Gale's Health & Wellness Resource Center database or the Merck Manual: Home Edition. Libraries owning the original Cambridge volume will not need this condensation. Smaller libraries looking for an inexpensive, easy-to-use general history of disease may find it useful; otherwise, this reviewer recommends waiting for a more complete revision.-Tina Neville, Univ. of South Florida at St. Petersburg Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Kiple (Bowling Green State Univ.) provides one- to three-page articles on the social, historical, and scientific ramifications of the world's 161 most common human diseases. The essays, condensed from essays in part 8 of Cambridge World History of Human Disease, also ed. by Kiple (CH, Oct'93), lack the graphics and bibliographies included in the original volume. For the most part, the essays are not updated even though most are around ten years old. Some more prominent diseases, such as AIDS and Ebola virus, include a postscript updating research on the disease since the original essay was written. The alphabetically arranged entries cross-reference terms that refer to diseases discussed in other essays. Criteria for inclusion are not given, although most common diseases seem to be represented at varying depth of coverage; e.g., gonorrhea and syphilis each has its own section, while chlamydia receives only a cursory mention as a sexually transmitted disease. An excellent source for quick, solid overviews of major diseases, but for treatments in greater depth, readers should consult CWHHD. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduates. C. A. Sproles University of Louisville

Table of Contents

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