1 This ambitious goal is reached on this extensive Web site, which provides a timeline, discussion of disease entities, and historical summaries of some of the major events surrounding contagious diseases that traveled around the world. Nurses, physicians, public health personnel, historians, and researchers all over the world can access the books, papers, and journals documenting the international endeavors and programs to institute measures to prolong life and minimize the suffering that trails epidemics and diseases.
Media Reviews 207 computer savvy students can easily access it. Faculty can use this historical literature in tandem with the ﬁlms to engage students in exploring not only the history of their own speciﬁc clinical areas of interest but also in identifying the basic values of the profession throughout history. Barbara Brodie, PhD, RN, FAAN Madge M. Jones Professor of Nursing Emerita Associate Director, Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry University of Virginia School of Nursing Charlottesville, VA 22908 Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics. Harvard University Library, Open Collections Program, Cambridge, Mass 2008. Web site design: Robert Levers/Levers Advertising and Design. Funding by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Arcadia, and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud. http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/contagion/ Open access to Harvard University’s digital library is of incalculable value to historians in need of access to sources concerning diseases and epidemics. On the opening page of Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics, the authors propose that the Web site “. . . contributes to the understanding of the global, social-history, and public-policy implications of diseases and oﬀers important historical perspectives on the science and the public policy of epi- demiology, today.”1 This ambitious goal is reached on this extensive Web site, which provides a timeline, discussion of disease entities, and historical summa- ries of some of the major events surrounding contagious diseases that traveled around the world. The disease synopses cover a multitude of ailments that have long plagued humans including cholera, plague, smallpox, syphilis, Spanish in- ﬂuenza, tuberculosis, yellow fever, and tropical diseases. Eight health and science leaders and their work are also presented with links to th
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