Infectious disease challenges over past centuries

9 Feb 2012 | Infection Prevention & Control

Among the many challenges to health, infectious diseases stand out for their ability to have a profound impact on the human species. Great pandemics and local epidemics alike have influenced the course of wars, determined the fates of nations and empires, and affected the progress of civilization, making infections compelling actors in the drama of human history.

This article in the New England Journal of Medicine takes a look at public health efforts to understand, treat, control, and prevent infectious diseases over the past two centuries.

Last updated 09/02/2012