Disease and Discrimination in Colonial Atlantic America

Reviewed by Michelle Ziegler Dale Hutchinson. Disease and Discrimination: Poverty and Pestilence in Colonial Atlantic America. University of Florida Press, 2016. $85 Dale Hutchinson's latest book fits into a recent trend of a more critical analysis of the role disease played in the demographic collapse of Native Americans in the Colonial period. After spending most of... Continue Reading →

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Historic Meanings of “Cholera”

Today the term cholera is restricted to suspected infections caused by Vibrio cholerae, sometimes called Asiatic cholera. Vibrio cholerae produces a very characteristic watery diarrhea sometimes described as 'rice water'. This narrow definition wasn't always so. Since antiquity, cholera could refer to any diarrhea or dysentery. The term cholera comes from the Greek word cholē... Continue Reading →

Cradle of Cholera’s Seventh Pandemic Found

Cholera is a disease of seemingly endless fascination to epidemiologists for good reason. Vibrio cholerae emerged on a global stage in the 19th century just in time for the beginnings of modern medicine to grapple with it and for its transmission to prove the worth of epidemiological work. Although we understand its treatment and transmission... Continue Reading →

Cholera in Illinois’ American Bottoms Region, 1849

This year is turning out to be a bad year for cholera. Major cholera outbreaks have erupted in Haiti, Pakistan, and in several African countries. Reports of all these outbreaks remind me of cholera epidemics in American history. In the 19th century cholera wasn't as closely linked with disasters as it is today. Back then... Continue Reading →

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