A History of Disease in Ancient Times

More Lethal than War

Authors: Norrie, Philip

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  • Explores a wide range of infectious diseases in the ancient world
  • Demonstrates the critical role disease played in the fall of ancient civilizations
  • Argues that disease epidemics are a critical link in the demise of most civilizations in the ancient world 
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This book shows how bubonic plague and smallpox helped end the Hittite Empire, the Bronze Age in the Near East and later the Carthaginian Empire. The book will examine all the possible infectious diseases present in ancient times and show that life was a daily struggle for survival either avoiding or fighting against these infectious disease epidemics. The book will argue that infectious disease epidemics are a critical link in the chain of causation for the demise of most civilizations in the ancient world and that ancient historians should no longer ignore them, as is currently the case.

About the authors

Philip Norrie is a family physician in Sydney, Australia and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the Medical Faculty at the University of New South Wales, Australia. His main interest is medical history with the role of infectious disease epidemics on history and the history of wine as a medicine for the past 5,000 years.

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“Dr. Norrie perceptively depicts how plagues unlike armies, are unpredictable. Because contagions, such as bubonic plague or dysentery, leave few edifices or easily documented traces, historians have underestimated their devastating effect on ancient civilisations. His book seeks to correct these omissions in our understanding of epidemic scourges in human history. As illustrated by his review of ancient Egyptian and Hittite history, his book challenges prevailing dogmas into the role of infections in the downfall of these empires.”  (Thomas Gottlieb, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney, Australia)

“Dr. Norrie’s excellent work–A History of Disease in Ancient Times–is one of the most important and novel contributions to the history and theory of epidemiology in decades. The book emphasizes a crucial concept that historians seem to have missed. This is that infectious epidemic diseases would have been a crucial explanatory variable for the cyclic changes of the Bronze Age, including the collapse of the major civilization of that era.” (Craig Molgaard, Professor and Chair, School of Public and Community Health Sciences, University of Montana, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-28937-3
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Hardcover $109.99
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Softcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-80459-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A History of Disease in Ancient Times
Book Subtitle
More Lethal than War
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-28937-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-28937-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-28936-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-80459-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 155
Number of Illustrations
16 illustrations in colour
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