Postscript: Epidemic History and the Ebola Present

  • James Fairhead
Part of the Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History book series (MBSMH)


This postscript reflects on the social dimensions of the high mortality epidemics documented in this volume in relation to the recent West African Ebola epidemic of 2013–2016. The aim is to discern inspiration and hypotheses for further comparative analysis. It argues that global and national health organizations have neglected the value of historical analysis to epidemic preparedness and response, and in challenging stereotypes that can be as lethal as the diseases themselves.

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© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUK

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