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Books, Journals, New Media
December 7, 2005

Disease Evolution

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(21):2772. doi:10.1001/jama.294.21.2772-a

Pulling together information on human cultural evolution and disease from history, archaeology, paleopathology, genetics, and microbiology, Ethne Barnes provides a readable account of diseases past and future and of how human habits influence disease.

Fascinating chapters include those on such infectious diseases as leprosy, tuberculosis, syphilis, malaria, smallpox, cholera, yellow fever, and HIV. By understanding the important interaction of human cultural evolution and disease, Barnes shows the origins of today’s array of diseases and what the future may bring.

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