Why the news about the global decline of infectious diseases is
not all good.
Plagues and parasites have played a central role in world
affairs, shaping the evolution of the modern state, the growth of
cities, and the disparate fortunes of national economies. This
book tells that story, but it is not about the resurgence of
pestilence. It is the story of its decline. For the first time in
recorded history, virus, bacteria, and other... more...