In seven major cholera pandemics beginning in 1817, the King of Terrors has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. The deadly effects of the so-called disease of filth spared no one, no matter their station in life--and today cholera is more prevalent than at any time throughout history. This book traces the history of the disease and the experience of those who suffered its ravages, using their own words from hundreds of newspapers and letters whenever possible. In so doing, the speculations, missteps, sidetracks and prevailing fears are emphasized. The authors describe the agonizingly slow march of progress toward discovering the causes and the treatment of symptoms. Along the way, the heroes of past and present are introduced: men and women who fought for their beliefs--at times against vitriolic and powerful opponents, including the medical authorities of their day.
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
A Worldwide History
Mind, Body & Spirit /