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Civilization Epidemics in Countries of Socioeconomic Transition

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

Zusammenfassung

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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  1. 1.DüsseldorfDeutschland

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