Since the earliest of times, diseases have shaped the course of human history. Diseases and, in particular, epidemics have affected humans economically, politically and culturally. They have caused misery and death and have led to declining or stagnant population numbers. Some diseases have even been credited or blamed for causing the success and failure of societies. The collection of four articles in this issue focuses on the burden of disease in the Low Countries. Each article deals with a different disease that was typical for a specific era. The introduction first discusses the main sources and indicators used to examine the burden of disease in the past. Next, it introduces the theory of the epidemiological transition and provides a brief overview of the literature for the Low Countries. Finally, it presents the four key diseases in this issue and the new insights their analyses bring.
Isabelle Devos en Angélique Janssens (guest ed.)
14 (2017) 4
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Contents: ISABELLE DEVOS/ANGÉLIQUE JANSSENS, Introduction JORIS ROOSEN, Severity and Selectivity of the Black Death and Recurring Plague in the Southern Netherlands (1349-1450) ANS VERVAEKE/ISABELLE DEVOS, Much Ado about Nothing? Reconsidering the Smallpox Effect. Height in the Nineteenth-Century Town of Thielt, Belgium ANGÉLIQUE JANSSENS/ELIEN VAN DONGEN, A Natural Female Disadvantage? Maternal Mortality and the Role of Nutrition Related Causes of Death in the Netherlands, 1875-1899 LAURA VAN DEN BORRE/PATRICK DEBOOSERE, Understanding a Man-Made Epidemic. The Relation between Historical Asbestos Consumption and Mesothelioma in Belgium Book Reviews