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Disease Dispersion and Impact in the Indian Ocean World

  • Gwyn Campbell
  • Eva-Maria Knoll

Part of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies book series (IOWS)

About this book


This volume views the study of disease as essential to understanding the key historical developments underpinning the foundation of contemporary Indian Ocean World (IOW) societies. The interplay between disease and climatic conditions, natural and manmade crises and disasters, human migration and trade in the IOW reveals a wide range of perceptions about disease etiologies and epidemiologies, and debates over the origin, dispersion and impact of disease form a central focus in these essays. Incorporating a wide scope of academic and scientific angles including history, social and medical anthropology, archaeology, epidemiology and paleopathology, this collection focuses on diseases that spread across time, space and cultures. It scrutinizes disease as an object, and engages with the subjectivities of afflicted inhabitants of, and travellers to, the IOW.


Plague Pandemics Malaria germ exchange therapeutic treatments tropical medicine social diagnosis disease outbreaks health humanities public health

Editors and affiliations

  • Gwyn Campbell
    • 1
  • Eva-Maria Knoll
    • 2
  1. 1.Indian Ocean World CentreMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Institute for Social AnthropologyAustrian Academy of SciencesViennaAustria

About the editors

Gwyn Campbell is Founding Director of the Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill University, Canada.

Eva-Maria Knoll is a researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Disease Dispersion and Impact in the Indian Ocean World
  • Editors Gwyn Campbell
    Eva-Maria Knoll
  • Series Title Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-36263-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-36266-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-36264-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 302
  • Number of Illustrations 28 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics World History, Global and Transnational History
    History of Medicine
    History of Science
    Imperialism and Colonialism
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