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December 2, 1998

Disease and HistoryBorn to Die: Disease and New World Conquest, 1492-1650

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Noble David Cook (New Approaches to the Americas Series), 248 pp, with illus, $54.95. ISBN 0-521-62208-5, paper, $15.95, ISBN 0-521-62730-3, Port Chester, NY, Cambridge University Press, 1998.

JAMA. 1998;280(21):1873-1874. doi:10.1001/jama.280.21.1873-JBK1202-5-1

Dr Cook has ably expanded in a single-author book on the theme of an earlier multiauthored book that he coedited.1 The fascinating Born to Die describes in detail the forces of disease vs the forces of war in the decimation of the Amerindian population of the New World in the centuries immediately following Columbus's first voyage.

Dr Cook is a well-known authority on Spanish colonial history in the New World and is currently professor and chairman of history at Florida International University in Miami. He is widely published in both English and Spanish on the history of the Americas during this time.

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