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Tropical Diseases: Lessons from History

CGHH’s new publication ‘Tropical Diseases: lessons from history’ (published by Orient BlackSwan) was released in May 2014. The volume is based on the 2009 World Health Organization Global Health Histories seminar series of the same name, and is intended to reach out and transfer to a wider audience the knowledge generated by these landmark seminars. It gathers together all of the topics featured in 2009’s series; leprosy, guinea worm disease, sleeping sickness, river blindness, malaria, chagas disease, kala azar, tropical disease vectors, and essential and inessential medicines, as well as new chapters on related questions. Each forms an independent chapter introduced by two articles, one by an academic researcher and the other by a WHO official. The articles are complemented with feature photographs selected from several repositories and highlighting important episodes in the story of these dangerous diseases. ‘Tropical Diseases: lessons from history’ is bilingual, in English and Portuguese side by side.

A downloadable copy is available via the University of York Digital Library.

And check out our attractive, new for 2015, online flipbook at

Tropical Diseases: Lessons from History was released at the 67th World Health Assembly in 2014 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). The book contains a foreword by Dr John Reeder, Director of TDR. The book was also highlighted at a WHA event organised by the WHO Special Programme on Multilingualism in association with the Federal Government of Brazil, in the presence of health ministers and health secretaries of all Lusophone countries. Tropical Diseases: Lessons from History has allowed the production of exhibitions that have been - and will continue to be - displayed all over the world. One such exhibition is currently being presented to the Portuguese public by the New University of Lisbon.

Tropical Diseases: Lessons from History Front Cover

All at CGHH would like to express our gratitude to all of the authors involved in this project, and to theUniversity of YorkDepartment of HistoryCentre for Chronic Diseases and DisordersOrient BlackSwan, and the Wellcome Trust for their generous support of this project. 

Contents: Leprosy - Jo Robertson / S. K. Noordeen.  Guinea Worm Disease - Anne Marie Moulin / Dirk Engels.  Sleeping Sickness - Guillaume Lachenal / Jean Jannin.  River Blindness - Jesse B. Bump / Janis K. Lazdins-Helds.  Malaria Treatment and Control - James L.A. Webb, Jr. / Andrea Bosman.  Chagas Disease - Simone Petraglia Kropf / Roberto Salvatella Agrelo & Gabriel A. Schmunis.  Kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis) - Achintya Kumar Dutta / Jorge Alvar.  Tropical Disease Vectors - Randall M. Packard / Axel Kroeger.  Essential and Inessential Medicines - Jeremy A. Greene / Zafar Mirza.  Combating Neglected Tropical Diseases from the Laboratory: Targeting Kala Azar - Deborah Smith & Paul Kaye.  Lessons Learnt for the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases - Adetokunbo Lucas.