Great American Diseases

Great American Diseases

Their Effects on the course of North American History

1st Edition - January 11, 2022

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  • Authors: Ian Tizard, Jeffrey MB Musser
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323989251
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323989268

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Great American Diseases: Their Effects on the Course of North American History presents medical history as it pertains to the major infectious diseases of North America. The book is designed to provide an interesting and engaging introduction to microbiology, immunology and epidemiology. With the advent of COVID-19, this book will serve as a reference on the history of previous epidemics. The book presents pandemics in an easy-to-read volume and provides concise chapters on the history of a disease, progression of understanding on the pathogen (agent of the disease), and their social ramifications through the history of North America.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the major infectious and parasitic diseases of North America
  • Provides historical and scientific information in an easy-to-digest volume
  • Includes an introduction to the basic science of bacteriology, virology, immunology and epidemiology

Readership

Medical professionals, Immunologists, Epidemiologists, Biomedical Science students, Premedical and pre-nursing students; Interested laypersons, Medical historians

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: How infectious diseases have shaped American History
  • Chapter One: Infectious diseases and their causes
  • Abstract
  • A world of microbes
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Protozoan parasites
  • Zoonoses
  • Pandemics and epidemics
  • References
  • Chapter Two: Immunity and recovery from infectious diseases
  • Abstract
  • Immune defenses
  • Innate immunity
  • Adaptive immunity
  • Population immunity
  • Vaccination
  • Herd immunity
  • Immunization
  • References
  • Chapter Three: Diseases among the first inhabitants
  • Abstract
  • Native American diseases
  • The Maya collapse
  • References
  • Chapter Four: Tuberculosis—Another ancient disease
  • Abstract
  • The organism
  • The disease
  • History
  • The tuberculosis epidemic
  • References
  • Chapter Five: Syphilis and the Columbian exchange
  • Abstract
  • The organism
  • The diseases
  • History
  • The Tuskegee Syphilis Study
  • References
  • Chapter Six: Malaria and the ague—1492
  • Abstract
  • Malarial parasites
  • The disease
  • History
  • New discoveries
  • References
  • Chapter Seven: Smallpox—1519: The first vaccines
  • Abstract
  • Smallpox: The disease
  • History
  • Variolation
  • Vaccination
  • Eradication!
  • References
  • Chapter Eight: Measles—1531: Almost gone!
  • Abstract
  • The virus
  • The disease
  • History
  • Current status
  • Vaccination, herd immunity, and vaccination hesitancy
  • References
  • Chapter Nine: Typhoid and typhus—1607: Smelly differences
  • Abstract
  • Typhoid fever
  • The disease
  • History
  • Water quality
  • Current status
  • Epidemic typhus
  • The bacterium
  • The disease
  • History
  • Current status
  • References
  • Chapter Ten: Yellow fever—1647: Mosquito-borne invader
  • Abstract
  • Yellow fever
  • History
  • The United States
  • The Spanish-American war
  • Yellow fever vaccine
  • References
  • Chapter Eleven: Cholera—1832: A worldwide pandemic
  • Abstract
  • The bacterium
  • The disease
  • History
  • References
  • Chapter Twelve: Poliomyelitis—1841: The triumph of vaccination
  • Abstract
  • The disease
  • History
  • Jonas Salk
  • Albert Sabin
  • Global eradication
  • References
  • Chapter Thirteen: Infectious diseases and the Civil War
  • Abstract
  • Enteric diseases
  • Measles
  • Fevers
  • Parasites
  • Military hospitals
  • Lessons learned
  • References
  • Chapter Fourteen: Plague and San Francisco—1900
  • Abstract
  • The plague bacillus
  • The plague
  • History
  • Across the west
  • References
  • Chapter Fifteen: Influenza—1918: A wartime pandemic
  • Abstract
  • Influenza viruses
  • The disease
  • History
  • Influenza 1918
  • The death toll
  • The end of the pandemic
  • Present status
  • References
  • Chapter Sixteen: A completely new disease: AIDS-1981
  • Abstract
  • The virus
  • The syndrome
  • History
  • Societal changes
  • Treatment
  • Eradication?
  • References
  • Chapter Seventeen: Panic and neglect—2000–2018
  • Abstract
  • Home-grown threats
  • Across the southern border
  • Flying in
  • References
  • Chapter Eighteen: COVID-19: Not just another respiratory virus—2020
  • Abstract
  • Origins
  • Coronaviruses
  • Clinical disease
  • Time course
  • Global significance
  • The victims
  • The vaccines
  • The problems
  • Predicted outcomes
  • References
  • Glossary
  • Further reading
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 400
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: January 11, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323989251
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323989268

About the Authors

Ian Tizard

Ian Tizard is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists and a Distinguished Professor of Immunology at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Dr. Tizard earned his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1965. He then completed a Bachelor of Science in Pathology and a PhD in immunology. After completing his studies, Dr. Tizard became a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Guelph, where he remained on as a professor until 1982 when he moved to TAMU. Since 1999, Dr. Tizard has been the Richard M. Schubot Chair in Exotic Bird Health at the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center, where he has been a leader in the research of proventricular dilatation disease and avian bornavirus infection.

Affiliations and Expertise

University Distinguished Professor of Immunology,Department of Veterinary Pathobiology,The Texas Veterinary Medical Center,Texas A &M University College Station, Texas, USA

Jeffrey MB Musser

Dr. Jeffrey M.B. Musser is Clinical Professor at Texas A&M University in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. His research includes dairy production medicine, mastitis prevention and control, and quality milk production; pharmacokinetics in exotic and food animals and drug residue prevention; vaccine investigation; and viral diseases of sheep, goats, and birds. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Tech and his PhD from North Carolina State University. He teaches Biomedical Microbiology and Great Diseases at the undergraduate level and Veterinary Microbiology in the professional school. Dr. Musser has received recognition and awards for his teaching, which have included the Zoetis Distinguished Teaching Award, the Distinguished Achievement University-level Teaching Award, the Distinguished Achievement College-level Teaching Award, and the International Study Abroad Education Programs Award.

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

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