Disease and commerce are among the most powerful forces that have shaped the modern world. They are also closely intertwined: over many centuries trade has been the single most important factor in the spread of diseases throughout the world. In this book, the author provides a historical study of contagious illness and commerce.
Mark Harrison is Professor of the History of Medicine, Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford. He has published widely on the history of disease and medicine, especially in relation to the history of war and imperialism from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. He was awarded the 2004 Templer Medal for Medicine and Victory: British Military Medicine in the Second World War and is also the author of a companion volume on British military medicine in World War One, as well as Disease and the Modern World, 1500 to the Present Day.