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HIST 1084-01: Globalization II

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Tropical Disease in Primary Sources

Infectious Diseases

This page provides access points for primary sources related to different tropical diseases in the early 20th century. Studying disease often requires researchers to connect the lived experience with the science of the disease and medicine. That means looking at pictures but also reading government reports, medical journals, and more. 

What's on This Page

This page has a lot on it. You can use the following anchors (links down the page) to jump straight to a relevant box.

    Broad Digital Collections for Disease

    Broad Digital Collections

    Sources: News in Papers and Film

    For historical newspapers and television, visit BC Libraries' Historical News page.

    Sources: US Gov Docs, Medical Reports, and Papers

    Disease: Beriberi

    Beriberi is a disease in which the body does not have enough thiamine (vitamin B1). For more information, check out MedlinePlus.

    Disease: Cholera

    Cholera is caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholerae. For more information, check out the CDC's website.

    Disease: Dengue Fever

    Dengue is a viruses spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species (Ae. aegypti or Ae. albopictus) mosquito. The CDC provides a description of what malaria is on their website.

    Disease: HIV/AIDS

    HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS if not treated. The CDC provides a description and recommendations for prevention on their website.

    Disease: Hookworm

    Hookworm, Ascaris, and whipworm are known as soil-transmitted helminths (parasitic worms). For more information, check out the CDC's website.

    Disease: Influenza

    Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The CDC provides a description and recommendations for prevention on their website.

    Disease: Malaria

    Maleria is is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. The CDC provides a description of what malaria is on their website.

    Disease: Plague (Black Death)

    Plague is a disease that affects humans and other mammals. It is caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis. For more, see the CDC's website.

    Disease: Sleeping Sickness (trypanosomiasis)

    African Trypanosomiasis, also known as “sleeping sickness,” is caused by microscopic parasites of the species Trypanosoma brucei. For more information, see the CDC's website.

    Disease: Smallpox

    For additional help

    For additional recommendations, contact your subject liaison (Dr. Bee Lehman) at brittany.lehman@bc.edu or schedule an appointment with them.