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A modern contagion : imperialism and public health in Iran's age of cholera

by Amir Arsalan Afkhami

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Easily the most definitive study of a sadly ignored episode of history   (2019-08-01)


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"Easily the most definitive study of a sadly ignored episode of history. The narrative is bold in its claims, meticulous in its research, and seamlessly able to move from the minutiae of bacteriology to the machinations of Great Britain and Russia in the Big Game. I marvel at the author's acute erudition, his endearing humanism, and his ability to forge a narrative that is at once sobering and suspenseful, detailed in texture, but almost breezy in tone. Revelatory; a gem of a book."

<div class="byline">— Abbas M. Milani, Stanford University, author of The Shah</div> <div class="review"> <div class="text">

"An original contribution to the history of epidemic diseases and the development of modern sanitary measures in Iran during the period of the Qajar dynasty. Scholars and students of Persian studies, the history of medicine, and sciences in Iran and the Muslim world will want to read this book. Warmly recommended."

</div> <div class="byline">— Fabrizio Speziale, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris, Director of Perso-Indica: An Analytical Survey of Persian Works on Indian Learned Traditions</div> </div> <div class="review"> <div class="text">

"This book masterfully fills a crucial gap in our understanding of Iran's modern history. Relying on an array of archival and other primary sources, Afkhami demonstrates how in the face of deadly transregional pandemics and a host of other health issues, the Qajar state's nascent public heath regime could only partially cope with depopulation, malnutrition, and endemic diseases that ravaged Iran in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries."

</div> <div class="byline">— Abbas Amanat, Yale University, author of Iran: A Modern History</div> </div> <div class="review"> <div class="text">

"Afkhami highlights an important (but often neglected) series of events in the history of human cholera. His tale of the arrival of pandemic cholera to Iran and the Persian Empire over the span of a century is a tour de force and represents a major contribution to the history of medicine literary cannon."

</div> <div class="byline">— Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, author of Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism</div> </div> <div class="review"> <div class="text">

"Amir Afkhami has brilliantly broken new ground in the scholarship on epidemics and society. A Modern Contagion is a splendid and enlightening book."

</div> <div class="byline">— Howard Markel, MD, PhD, University of Michigan, author of The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek</div> </div> <div class="review"> <div class="text">

"A thoroughly engrossing exploration of the transformative role of Iran's encounter with cholera in shaping European imperial rivalries, Iranian conceptions of governance, and the cultural politics of medicine. Richly researched and boldly argued, this is a compelling study of the making of sanitary modernity at the intersection of Europe and Asia."

</div> <div class="byline">— John Harley Warner, Yale University, author of Against the Spirit of System: The French Impulse in Nineteenth-Century American Medicine</div> </div>

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