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View Resource The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopedia

Researchers and scholars looking at historical pandemics frequently study the communities that were strongly affected by these various occurrences. However, this fascinating digital archive from the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School looks at seven communities during the 1918-1920 influenza pandemic that experienced low rates of influenza during this...
View Resource Contagion: Historical Views of Disease and Epidemics

With this rather remarkable collection, the dedicated staff members at Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program have brought together Philadelphia's yellow fever epidemic of 1793, London's Great Plague of 1665, and six other notable epidemics from world history. The collection provides general background information on diseases and epidemics worldwide, and as previously suggested, is...

View Resource Open Yale Course: Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600

In his introductory lecture for this Open Yale Course, History professor Frank Snowden proposes a thesis: "Infectious diseases are too important to leave solely to the doctors." As the professor explains, while he does not expect students to share his thesis, this course offers an opportunity to explore the topic. Over the course of 26 video-recorded lectures (available via the sessions tab),...