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The Conquest of Epidemic Disease
A Chapter in the History of Ideas
Charles-Edward Amory Winslow

The Conquest of Epidemic Disease, Charles-Edward Amory Winslow's classic study in the history of medicine and public health, returns to print in this attractive paperback editon for students, scholars, and practitioners.

From the 1943 reviews:

"This book is more than a compendium of data and references from the Old Testament theory of pestilence as a punishment for sin, through the days of demons, miasms, and germs, down to the streamlined concepts of the virus diseases and the new views concerning aerial dissemination of infection. It is an interesting and highly instructive story, rich with the author's interpretations of knowledge regarding the modes and channels of disease spread." —American Journal of Public Health

"[This book] will give medical historians matter for discussion . . . the book is for them, really, and for the medical student, who will find in these pages, perhaps for the first time, why the best minds in medicine so delight in the history of its stumbling progress . . . A book nobly concieved, nobly planned, and beautifully written." —Commonweal

Charles-Edward Amory Winslow (1977–1957) spent the greater part of his long and distinguished career at the Yale Medical School, where he was Anna M. R. Lauder Professor of Public Health until his retirement in 1945. He was the author of hundreds of articles and more than twenty books, including the present work, which was originally published in 1943 by the Princeton University Press.

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July 1980
LC: 79-0408055 RA
424 pp. 6 x 9
ISBN-10: 0-299-08244-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-299-08244-4

Paper $16.95 x

The 1980 cloth edition of this book is out of print, but the paperback is still available.

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