Quarantine, What is Old is New


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Important reading for the world today! Covers quarantine practices and procedures throughout medical history, not unlike self-isolation today with COVID–19. Describes virulent diseases, quarantine centres, epidemic & pandemic diseases and impact on immigration, Deals with viral mutation, ‘shift’ and ‘drift’ in influenza, plus critical viral & bacterial infections and pandemics over 200 years in Canada – with a postscript on the worst 10 pandemics of the last 2000 years! Describes cornonaviruses/COVID-19 up to the time the World Health Organization declaried  a pandemic in March,  2020.


SPRING SPECIAL: Limited number of copies of this title remaining; only one box available at 15% off until stock sold out.  Last carton remaining of original edition.

International Edition has been available since March 22 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak  .. the book was updated to March 12. precisely when WHO declared the pandemic. The NEW edition contains two Postscripts, including the worst 10 pandemics since the year 165 when Rome was struck and the Roman army returning from Mesopotamia was decimated th 5 million deaths in total within the city. However that pales in comparison to the Spanish Influenza of 1918-20 when 50 million died worldwide amid massive under-reporting. The Plague sort basic Death occurred at least twice in between.

Historian and medical doctor Ian Arthur Cameron has produced a gripping history of Quarantine in Canada, the forgotten story of the men and women who worked to save lives and protect the citizens of this land. A story of the early years of immigration to Canada, and of marine transportation with wooden ships sailing reluctantly into the age of steam.

It also details significant aspects of the history of Canada, Nova Scotia and Halifax, and recounts the story of contagious disease in the 19th-20th Centuries. But it is more than the past, dealing with the future of dread diseases we face today, including SARS, West Nile fever, and the feared influenza pandemics, such as those possible with the latest swine flu (H1N1) or potential bird flu (H5N1). It is story of immigration and the men and women who worked on the front lines to contain contagious disease from entering the country. Lawlor’s island was the largest, year-round Quarantine station in Canada which served this country for over 80 years.

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 6 × 9 × 0.5 in