Posted on 30 August 2019
We are delighted to report that Dóra Vargha’s book ‘Polio Across the Iron Curtain: Hungary's Cold War with an Epidemic’, part of the Cambridge University Press Global Health Histories book series, has been awarded The European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH) book prize.
Published in November 2018, and also available open access, Dóra uses a series of polio epidemics in communist Hungary to understand the response to a global public health emergency in the midst of the Cold War.
This is a time of double celebration for the Global Health Histories series, as we are also thrilled that Suman Seth’s book ‘Difference and Disease: Medicine, Race and the Eighteenth Century British Empire’ was a runner up for the same book prize. ‘Difference and Disease’ explores forms of eighteenth-century medical knowledge, including conceptions of seasoning, showing how geographical location was essential to this knowledge and helped to define relationships between Britain and her far-flung colonies.
This is a remarkable testament to the series and we offer our hearty congratulations to both authors as we celebrate their success.