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Parasites, Pathogens, and Progress
Author: Robert A. McGuire

ISBN: 9780262015660
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 11 September 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7
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In Parasites, Pathogens, and Progress, Robert McGuire and Philip Coelho integrate biological and economic perspectives into an explanation of the historical development of humanity and the economy, paying particular attention to the American experience, its history and development. In their path-breaking examination of the impact of population growth and parasitic diseases, they contend that interpretations of history that minimize or ignore the physical environment are incomplete or wrong.

The authors emphasize the paradoxical impact of population growth and density on progress. An increased population leads to increased market size, specialization, productivity, and living standards. Simultaneously, increased population density can provide an ecological niche for pathogens and parasites that prey upon humanity, increasing morbidity and mortality. The tension between diseases and progress continues, with progress dominant since th...

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