HARDEN, Victoria A.
Title: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever : History of a Twentieth-Century Disease. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London:, 1990, ISBN:0080183905X 1990
ISBN Number: 0080183905X
Seller ID: 110419
HARDEN, Victoria A. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever : History of a Twentieth-Century Disease. Baltimore and London : The Johns Hopkins University Press, (1990). First Edition. Pp (8),ix-xvi,1-375,(1). Illustrated. Maps. Index. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine.
"It took half a century of medical detective work to bring Rocky Mountain spotted fever under control. But as a "disease of nature" that is not likely to be eradicated, it still poses a serious threat to public health. In this first account by a professional historian of medicine, Victoria A. Harden explores the research, diagnosis , prevention and treatment of spotted fever and examines the larger issues of twentieth-century management of infectious disease. Shortly before the turn of the century, the medical community recognized Rocky Mountain spotted fever as a distinct clinical entity. Local physicians speculated that it might be transmitted through melted snow water, but researchers eventually demonstrated that ticks carried the diseaseómaking spotted fever the first tick-borne human disease identified in the United States. With the support of federal funding, scientists made further discoveries about the nature of the disease and developed a vaccine, prepared at first from ground-up ticks. In 1948 broad-spectrum antibiotics were discovered that cured spotted fever. Ironically, such progress led to less medical and scientific attention ó until the disease increased markedly in the 1970s. Based on archival material, oral histories, and sound medical knowledge, Rocky Mountain spotted Fever reveals how scientific paradigms as well as state and federal politics can profoundly affect the course of medical research." (from the dj).
1. A Twentieth-Century Disease of Nature.
2. A Blight on the Bitterroot.
3. The Beginning of Scientific Investigations.
4. Dr. Ricketts's Discoveries.
5. Tick Eradication Efforts, 1911-1920.
6. A Wholly New Type of Microorganism.
7. The Spencer-Parker Vaccine.
8. Spotted Fever outside the Rockies.
9. Dr. Cox's Versatile Egg.
10. Spotted Fever Therapy, from Sage Tea to Tetracycline.
11. Spotted Fever after Antibiotics.
12. Mysteries Explained, Mysteries Remaining.
Notes to rear endpaper, else very good in dustjacket (with two short tears to its back panel). 50.00