Plagues That Changed History

Book - 2005
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"An engrossing introduction for young adult readers to the chillingly topical subject of man vs. microbe." -- The Wall Street Journal

Did the Black Death destroy medieval Europe? Did cholera pave the way for modern Manhattan? Did yellow fever help end the slave trade? Remarkably, the answer to all of these questions is yes. Time and again, diseases have impacted the course of human history in surprisingly powerful ways. From influenza to smallpox, from tuberculosis to yellow fever, Bryn Barnard describes the symptoms and paths of the world's worst diseases--and how the epidemics they spawned have changed history forever.

Filled with fascinating, often gory details about disease and history, Outbreak! is a wonderful combination of science and history.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2005.
ISBN: 9780375829864
Branch Call Number: J 614. 49 BAR
Characteristics: 47 p. : col. ill.


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Did yellow fever end the slave trade? Did the Spanish flu cause World War II? Yes, and yes. These two, and several other deadly diseases, have changed history forever.

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