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Who gave pinta to the Santa Maria? : torrid diseases in a temperate world / Robert S. Desowitz.

Author/creator Desowitz, Robert S.
Format Book and Print
Edition1st ed.
Publication InfoNew York : W.W. Norton, ©1997.
Description256 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents Introduction. Tropical Diseases -- As Anglo-American as the Heart Attack -- Ch. 1. Coming to the Americas: 50,000 B.C. to 1492 A.D. -- The Humans -- Ch. 2. Coming to the Americas: 50,000 B.C. to 1492 A.D. -- The Worms and Germs -- Ch. 3. Who gave Pinta to the Santa Maria? 1492 to 1635 A.D. -- Ch. 4. Ten Little Indians and Then There Was One: 1492 to 1635 A.D. -- Ch. 5. Coming to America 1638 to 1865: From Africa on the Slave Ship Named Desire -- Ch. 6. The Germ's Warfare Discovered: 1650 to 1865 -- Ch. 7. Yellow Jack and the Cuban Crisis: 1885 to 1900 -- Ch. 8. Great Works 1900 to 1925: Kid Rockefeller and the Battling Hookworm -- Ch. 9. Great Works 1915 to 1945: The Fever Is Broken -- Ch. 10. Great Expectations 1900 to 1945: Malaria -- Death at Our Doorstep -- Ch. 11. Merrie Malarious Olde England: Before 1930 -- Ch. 12. Paradise Lost 1945 to 1996 -- Ch. 13. The Twenty-first Century.
Abstract This book starts with the little creatures the first American immigrants brought with them on the long walk from Siberia 50,000 years ago. It moves on to all that unwanted baggage that sailed over with the Spanish, the French, and the English and killed native Americans in huge numbers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. (The native Americans, it appears, got some revenge by passing syphilis - including Pinta, a feisty strain of syphilis - back to Europe with.
Abstract Columbus's returning sailors.). In the final chapters, Robert S. Desowitz takes us through the Good Works of the twentieth century, Kid Rockefeller and the Battling Hookworm, and the rearrival of malaria; and he offers a glimpse into the future with a host of "Doomsday bugs" and jet-setting viruses that make life, quite literally, a jungle out there.
General noteIncludes index.
Acquisitions source Laupus E. Daniel Shingleton Public Health Collection.
LCCN 96044741

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