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Epidemics in History

Research guide covering primary and secondary sources on epidemic diseases from antiquity to the twentieth century

Epidemics in history

[...] And he, shall he,

Man, her last work, who seem'd so fair, / Such splendid purpose in his eyes, / Who roll'd the psalm to wintry skies, / Who built him fanes of fruitless prayer, 

Who trusted God was love indeed / And love Creation's final law -- / Tho' Nature, red in tooth and claw, / With ravine, shriek'd against his creed --

Who loved, who suffer'd countless ills, / Who battled for the True, the Just, / Be blown about the desert dust, / Or seal'd within the iron hills?

No more? A monster then, a dream, / A discord. Dragons of the prime, / That tare each other in their slime, / Were mellow music match'd with him. 

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam, ed. by Erik Gray (Norton, 2004), p. 41.

Recent books and e-books

Vaccines: What Everyone Needs to Know

By Kristen A. Feemster. Oxford University Press, 2017. E-book.

Vaccines: What Everyone Needs to Know (2017)

Between Hope and Fear: A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity

By Michael S. Kinch. Pegasus Books, 2018. Print book.

Between Hope and Fear: A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity (2018)

Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped Our History

By Dorothy H. Crawford. Oxford University Press, 2018. E-book.

Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped Our History (2018)

Epidemics and War: The Impact of Disease on Major Conflicts in History

Edited by Rebecca M. Seaman. ABC-CLIO, 2018. E-book.

Epidemics and War: The Impact of Disease on Major Conflicts in History (2018)

Epidemics: Hate and Compassion from the Plague of Athens to AIDS

By Samuel K. Cohn, Jr. Oxford University Press, 2018. E-book.

Epidemics: Hate and Compassion from the Plague of Athens to AIDS (2018)

Epidemics: The Impact of Germs and Their Power over Humanity

By Joshua S. Loomis. Praeger, 2018. E-book.

Epidemics: The Impact of Germs and Their Power over Humanity (2018)

Transforming Contagion: Risky Contacts among Bodies, Disciplines, and Nations

Edited by Breanne Fahs et al. Rutgers University Press, 2018. Print book.

Transforming Contagion: Risky Contacts among Bodies, Disciplines, and Nations (2018)

Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present

By Frank M. Snowden. Yale University Press, 2019. E-book.

Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present (2019)

Epidemics and the Modern World

By Mitchell L. Hammond. University of Toronto Press, 2020. E-book.

Epidemics and the Modern World (2020)