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100 1 Bollyky, Thomas J.,|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/
245 10 Plagues and the paradox of progress :|bwhy the world is
getting healthier in worrisome ways /|cThomas J. Bollyky.
264 1 Cambridge, Massachusetts :|bThe MIT Press,|c
264 4 |c©2018
300 1 online resource (259 pages) :|billustrations, maps
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500 "A Council on Foreign Relations book."
504 Includes bibliographical references and index.
505 0 Introduction -- 1. How the world starts getting better.
Death, disease, and the fall of prehistoric man. The path
to better health in wealthier nations. A better world
begins as a more unequal one -- 2. Diseases of conquest
and colony. The colonial and military roots of global
health. The path to better health in poorer nations. Death
and demography. The legacy of ebola. The difference that
health aid makes -- 3. Diseases of childhood. A child
survival revolution. China's other great leap forward. Is
healthier wealthier? The (potential) dividends of
demography. Sunny in Nairobi, with a chance of storms.
Cell phones, not factories. The perils of youth -- 4.
Diseases of settlement. Cholera and the white death. A
simple solution. Poor world cities. The perils of growing
naturally. Climate and the environment. The Tunis effect.
Returning to Dhaka -- 5. Diseases of place. The growth
industry in Agadez, Niger. People, not just potatoes.
Migration as the history of disease. The world is getting
better in worrisome ways -- 6. The exoneration of William
H. Stewart. Confronting the complex of multiple causation.
The role of aid in adapting to the decline of infectious
diseases. The myth of the good epidemic.
520 Why the news about the global decline of infectious
diseases is not all good. Plagues and parasites have
played a central role in world affairs, shaping the
evolution of the modern state, the growth of cities, and
the disparate fortunes of national economies. This book
tells that story, but it is not about the resurgence of
pestilence. It is the story of its decline. For the first
time in recorded history, virus, bacteria, and other
infectious diseases are not the leading cause of death or
disability in any region of the world. People are living
longer, and fewer mothers are giving birth to many
children in the hopes that some might survive. And yet,
the news is not all good. Recent reductions in infectious
disease have not been accompanied by the same improvements
in income, job opportunities, and governance that occurred
with these changes in wealthier countries decades ago.
There have also been unintended consequences. In this book,
Thomas Bollyky explores the paradox in our fight against
infectious disease: the world is getting healthier in ways
that should make us worry. Bollyky interweaves a grand
historical narrative about the rise and fall of plagues in
human societies with contemporary case studies of the
consequences. Bollyky visits Dhaka--one of the most
densely populated places on the planet--to show how low-
cost health tools helped enable the phenomenon of poor
world megacities. He visits China and Kenya to illustrate
how dramatic declines in plagues have affected national
economies. Bollyky traces the role of infectious disease
in the migrations from Ireland before the potato famine
and to Europe from Africa and elsewhere today. Historic
health achievements are remaking a world that is both
worrisome and full of opportunities. Whether the peril or
promise of that progress prevails, Bollyky explains,
depends on what we do next.
588 0 Print version record.
650 0 Public health|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/
650 0 World health.|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/
650 12 Global Health|xtrends.|0https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/
650 22 Communicable Diseases|xhistory.|0https://id.nlm.nih.gov/
650 22 Health Status Disparities.|0https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/
650 22 Socioeconomic Factors.|0https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/
655 4 Electronic books.
776 08 |iPrint version:|aBollyky, Thomas J.|tPlagues and the
paradox of progress.|dCambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT
Press, |z9780262038454|w(DLC) 2017059434