SOURCE: The Atlantic
Why Has American Progress Stalled? Blame Our Belief in "Eureka!"
Moments of creative innovation matter, but invention depends on a society that is prepared to take advantage and distribute the benefits.
Monkeypox Has Been Around for Decades; This Outbreak is a Product of Neglect
by Alessandro Hammond and Cameron Sabet
The world's response to viral outbreaks in poor nations demonstrates the hoarding of resources in the Global North, but it's ultimately self-defeating for rich nations, too.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Ukraine's Next Enemy: Disease
by Max Brooks, Lionel Beehner and John Spencer
"If we want to help the Ukrainian resistance, we shouldn’t be sending them only Javelins and body armor. They need emergency supplies — bulk sanitation items such as alcohol-based hand sanitizer, ammonium nitrate to counter food-borne illness, and rat traps and poisons."
SOURCE: Boston Review
The Inescapable Dilemma of Infectious Disease
by Kyle Harper
Control of infectious diesase is arguably humanity's greatest triumph. Has that triumph changed our environment to make diseases tougher to control? Has our success stopped us from being able to think of how to thrive without control of infections?
SOURCE: ABC Radio National
How Epidemics And Pandemics Have Changed History
This podcast features historians Jo Hays, Frank Snowden, and Elizabeth Fenn in a discussion of the role of infectious disease in history.
SOURCE: New York Post
Miracle ‘Coronavirus Cures’ Haven’t Changed in 700 Years
by Jennifer Wright
The many bizarre "cures" for the coronavirus circulating online are nothing new. Rather, they have a lineage that stretches back to the bubonic plague.
SOURCE: The New York Times
The Dangerous History of Immunoprivilege
by Kathryn Olivarius
We’ve seen what happens when people with immunity to a deadly disease are given special treatment. It isn’t pretty.
SOURCE: New Yorker
The Pandemic Is Not a Natural Disaster
by Kate Brown
Zoonotic diseases can seem like earthquakes; they appear to be random acts of nature. In fact, they are more like hurricanes—they can occur more frequently, and become more powerful, if human beings alter the environment in the wrong ways.
The Other Pandemic
by Alan M. Kraut
The coronavirus will not succeed in doing to American society what fascism did to Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, but it has sparked a virulent wave of racism and intolerance, especially aimed at Chinese Americans.
SOURCE: Atlas Obscura
In 19th-Century America, Fighting Disease Meant Battling Bad Smells
Melanie Kiechle, a history professor at Virginia Tech, foul smells or "miasmas" were considered to indicate risk of disease before the germ theory of disease developed.
Historian William McNeill Warned in 1976 that a Mutated Flu Virus Could Cause a Pandemic
by James Thornton Harris
McNeil’s major achievement was to incorporate developments in microbiology, anthropology and archeology and synthesize them in a popular world history that identified disease as a primary shaper of world history.
A Brief History of Beards and Pandemics
Unlike what was thought during the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918, beards cannot trap germs nor transfer disease.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
How Pandemics Change History
In his new book, “Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present,” Frank M. Snowden, a professor emeritus of history and the history of medicine at Yale, examines the ways in which disease outbreaks have shaped politics, crushed revolutions, and entrenched racial and economic discrimination.
SOURCE: Washington Post
The rising panic over coronavirus is likely to make containing it harder
by Danielle B. Wetmore
Panics spread misinformation that make crafting sound medical solutions more difficult, while fueling bigotry.
The History of the Impact of Globalization on Infectious Disease Emergence and Control
The current era of globalization is more properly viewed as an intensification of trends that have occurred throughout history.
SOURCE: Nursing Clio
Assassination as Cure: Disease Metaphors and Foreign Policy
by Sarah Swedberg
Kinzinger’s words fit within a long historical tradition of badly used disease metaphors that often accompany bad outcomes.
SOURCE: AHA Perspectives
Historians are joining with scientists in a breakthrough approach
by Monica Green
Historians haven't traditionally welcomed scientists into their corner of research, but they should -- and now we're doing it.
We Can't Give in to Ebola Scaremongering
by Alison Bateman-House
It is too easy to think that keeping the sick out of the nation will protect America’s health.
SOURCE: NBC News
Pandemic 101: The Most Infectious Plagues in History (Video)
A quick tour through history of the worst of the worst pandemics.
SOURCE: BBC News
Medieval Social Networks: A Small World?
The spread of the Black Death in the 14th Century reveals our medieval ancestors' social networks and shows how connected they were.
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