The Deadly Truth chronicles the complex interactions between disease and the peoples of America from the pre-Columbian world to the present. Grob's ultimate lesson is stark but valuable: there can be no final victory over disease. The world in which we live undergoes constant change, which in turn creates novel risks to human health and life. We conquer particular diseases, but others always arise in their stead. In a powerful challenge to our tendency to see disease as unnatural and its virtual elimination as a real possibility, Grob asserts the undeniable biological persistence of disease.
Gerald N. Grob is the Henry E. Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine Emeritus at Rutgers University.
Preface Prologue 1. The Pre-Columbians 2. New Diseases in the Americas 3. Colonies of Sickness 4. The Promise of Enlightened Health 5. Threats to Urban Health 6. Expanding America, Declining Health 7. Threats of Industry 8. Stopping the Spread of Infection 9. The Discovery of Chronic Illness 10. No Final Victory Notes Index