Contagion is a good book whose subtitle how commerce has spread disease is somewhat misleading the author mark harrison focuses upon 1 the political reaction to contagious diseases 2 an extensive history of quarantines and 3 the commercial and medical foundations of quarantines. Mark harrison in contagion how commerce has spread disease focuses on centuries of public response to contagious diseases and development of international boards and policies of course governance is slow unwieldy and imperfect at any level. Subtitle how commerce has spread disease which frankly is a bit of a bait and switch it gives the impression that we are going to get a heretical look at the concept of free trade which in modern times is sacrosanct to both progressives and liberals. Contagion how commerce has spread disease by mark harrison review valeska huber bulletin of the history of medicine volume 88 number 2 summer 2014. Mark harrison explores this very issue in his book contagion how commerce has spread disease it is a wonderfully crafted account of the history of quarantine and transcontinental trade how diseases spread and were contained spanning across the middle ages and through to the modern day
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