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Plagues of our past

Humans throughout history have faced a scourge of infectious illnesses. Kyle Harper discusses how diseases have shaped our past

Published: October 8, 2021 at 1:19 pm
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From when our ancestors first mastered fire to the rise of modern cities, humanity’s progress has been accompanied by a revolving door of parasites, bacteria and viruses, wreaking havoc on our health. Kyle Harper, author of Plagues Upon the Earth, discusses the sprawling history of infectious disease.

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Kyle Harper is the author of Plagues Upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History (Princeton, 2021)

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