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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

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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