Civilization Epidemics in Countries of Socioeconomic Transition

Part of the Edition Centaurus – Neuere Medizin- und Wissenschaftsgeschichte book series (ECNMW)


It has long been observed in medical history that diseases spread across space and time, most impressively in terms of epidemics (Rosen 1958). The far-reaching socio- economic transition from traditional, mainly agricultural societies to modern industrialized nations starting in the late 18th century in several European countries provides a compelling case of this observation. There is no doubt that the process of industrialization, urbanization, scientific, technological and economic progress initiated one of the most far-reaching transformations of human societies in man’s history, with substantial impact on changing patterns of morbidity and mortality (Hobsbawm 1969).


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