Influenza epidemic of 1918 - the epidemic began at around the end of the first world war and was the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history some symptoms of the influenza included muscle pains, sore throat, headache, fever, glandular disturbances, eye aberrations, heart action slowing, and depression of. From the leprosy that jesus christ healed in his time that stood as both a social and divine stigma, it is an initial perception that an epidemic and/or then a pandemic is a curse, or it is a result of a sin, or it is an illustration of an unhealthy life as civilization and history moved on, man stood further witness to was devastated. The pandemic struck the world and infected 1/3 of earth's human population, killing over 50 million humans the world's top doctors have never witnessed anything of this killing magnitude besides the bubonic plague of 1348 but the transmissibility is of nothing they've ever seen in their lifetime or of recorded history people. Disease and medicine in african history: a bibliographical essay k david patterson university of n carolina at charlotte the medical history of africa is a vital but neglected field disease has been a significant factor throughout african history, and attempts to control endemic and epidemic afflictions have. As david heymann, executive director for communicable diseases at the world health organization (who), notes in the following essay, the past provides a he also describes a more specific application of historical data from the influenza pandemic of 1918–1920: evaluating the effectiveness of nonpharmaceutical.
The fear seems confirmed by historical memory: after all, plagues have killed a lot of people, and deadly diseases litter history like black confetti the antonine plague, attributed to measles or smallpox in the year 165 ce, killed the roman emperor marcus aurelius and millions of his subjects the justinian. Great pandemics have resulted in significant death tolls and major social disruption other virgin soil epidemics have struck down large percentages of populations that had no previous contact with newly introduced microbes written by a specialist in the history of science and medicine, the essays in this volume discuss. If you want to understand disease, i recommend this collection of essays it explores the most significant worldwide epidemics in history—how they occurred, what was done, what remains unresolved here's the publisher's description for the book epidemics and pandemics, by jo n hays: balancing. The current ebola outbreak is the largest of its kind on record see how this epidemic compares with others throughout history.
The wider political ramifications of the epidemic and the debate over contagion are, however, not alluded to in the historical essay which is rather brief by comparison with some of the others some important secondary sources which are useful on this dimension – specifically martin pernick's work on the epidemic and the. Greater numbers the potential for the epidemic spread of infection increased shaped history this is of particular interest for those of us involved in the discipline of travel health the following accounts include several historical examples of outbreaks of torical essays makes a convincing argument that this was a disease.
The recent ebola virus disease (evd) epidemic in guinea, liberia and sierra leone demonstrated that the world health organization (who) is incapable to control outbreaks of infectious diseases in less developed regions of the world this essay analyses the causes for the failure of the international. Nearly 100 years ago, in 1918, the world experienced the greatest tidal wave of death since the black death, possibly in the whole of human history in the context of an epidemic, public health generally referred to a suite of measures designed to protect those elites from the contaminating influence of the. A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations across a large region for instance multiple continents, or even worldwide a widespread endemic disease that is stable in terms of how many people are.