9781586486181-1586486187-Dread: How Fear and Fantasy have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to the Avian Flu

Dread: How Fear and Fantasy have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to the Avian Flu

ISBN-13: 9781586486181
ISBN-10: 1586486187
Edition: 1
Author: Alcabes, Philip
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Format: Hardcover 336 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781586486181
ISBN-10: 1586486187
Edition: 1
Author: Alcabes, Philip
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Format: Hardcover 336 pages

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Acknowledged authors Alcabes, Philip wrote Dread: How Fear and Fantasy have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to the Avian Flu comprising 336 pages back in 2009. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1586486187 and 9781586486181. Since then Dread: How Fear and Fantasy have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to the Avian Flu textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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The average individual is far more likely to die in a car accident than from a communicable disease…yet we are still much more fearful of the epidemic. Even at our most level-headed, the thought of an epidemic can inspire terror. As Philip Alcabes persuasively argues in Dread, our anxieties about epidemics are created not so much by the germ or microbe in question—or the actual risks of contagion—but by the unknown, the undesirable, and the misunderstood.

Alcabes examines epidemics through history to show how they reflect the particular social and cultural anxieties of their times. From Typhoid Mary to bioterrorism, as new outbreaks are unleashed or imagined, new fears surface, new enemies are born, and new behaviors emerge. Dread dissects the fascinating story of the imagined epidemic: the one that we think is happening, or might happen; the one that disguises moral judgments and political agendas, the one that ultimately expresses our deepest fears.

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