Contagion Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics

Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics

Offering valuable insights to students of the history of medicine and to researchers seeking an historical context for current epidemiology, this collection contributes to our understanding of the global, social-history, and public-policy implications of disease.

The collection provides general background information on diseases and epidemics worldwide, and is organized around significant “episodes,” topics, and people concerned with contagious disease.

Use the links below to learn more about the exhibit, or to browse the digitized items included in the Contagion collection. You can also follow the historical narrative through the “Feature Pages” above, concerning the various disease episodes, subject areas, people, and archives and manuscript collections that are represented in the collection.