Disease in Populations in Transition: Anthropological and Epidemiological Perspectives


Societies in transition are often faced with new settings and/or new diseases that require a response in order for the affected group to thrive or survive. A lack of effective response by a transitional population to a new pathogen can lead to the group's disintegration. In a broad selection of 19 essays by distinguished researchers, the epidemiology and health status of prehistoric, historical, and present day populations in transition are thoroughly explored. Different models--biomedical, ethnomedical, ecological, and politicoeconomic--are used to illustrate the effects of transition on the health of human populations throughout the world.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • George J. Armelagos
  • Derek F. Roberts
  • Catharina Svanborg-eden
  • Bruce R. Levin
  • John A. Barrett
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1990