Yellow Fever, Black Goddess: The Coevolution of People and Plagues

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FIGURES
Page
I.I The shanties of Belén 5
1.2 The PCR technique 17
1.3 The evolution of disease resistance in humans and rodents 25
3.1 A map of John Graunt's London 38
3.2 John Graunt's mortality estimates for seventeenth-century
London
40
3.3 Mortality data from Catal Huyuk, Anatolia 41
3.4 Mortality data from the London of 1728 42
3.5 Mortality in London, 1830 43
3.6 Mortality for England and Wales, 1861 44
3.7 Mortality of modem Americans, 1985-7 45
4.1 Protective clothing worn by a doctor during the Black Death
(reproduced by permission of the National Library of Medicine)
63
4.2 Animal victims of the plague (reproduced by permission of the
National Library ofMedicine
)
67
4.3 The Black Death in Naples, 1656 (reproduced by permission of the
National Library ofMedicine)
72
4.4 A: Louis Pasteur (reproduced by permission of the National Library
of Medicine
); B: Robert Koch and Shibasuro Kitasato (reproduced
by permission of Collection Mollaret-Brossollet
); C: Alexandre Yersin
(reproduced by permission of Collection Mollaret-Brossollet) 76
4.5 Invasin, integrin and macrophages 79
5.1 A Calcutta rickshaw puller 94
5.2 A rat-infested ward for women at New York's Bellevue Hospital,
I860
99
6. I John Snow (reproduced by permission of the National Library of
Medicine
) III
6.2 A cartoonist's impression, from 1827, of the state of London's
water supply (reproduced by permission of Fotomas Index)
114
6.3 A mid-nineteenth-century view of cholera (reproduced by
permission of the Library of Congress
) 117
6.4 Cholera rehydration therapy (reproduced by permission of the
National Library of Medicine)
120

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Figures *
  • Author's Note xi
  • Part One - The Anatomy of Plagues *
  • 1 - The Delicate Balance between Life and Death 3
  • 2 - The Penumbra of Disease 29
  • 3 - The Worst of Times 37
  • Part Two - Chief Monster That Hast Plagued the Nations Yet .. *
  • 4 - Four Tales from the New Decameron 53
  • 5 - Was the Indian Plague Actually Plague, and If Not Why Not? 90
  • Part Three - Naïve and Cunning Diseases *
  • 6 - Cholera, the Black One 105
  • 7 - A Cleverer Pathogen 131
  • Part Four - The Challenge of the Temperate Zones *
  • 8 - An Ague Very Violent 149
  • 9 - Syphilis and the Faustian Bargain 186
  • Part Five - Plagues, Populations and the Biosphere *
  • 10 - Aids and the Future of Plagues 215
  • 11 - Safety in Diversity 254
  • 12 - Why So Many Diseases? 272
  • Glossary 295
  • Notes 304
  • Index 318
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