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Philip Alcabes

Author of "Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to Avian Flu"

Philip Alcabes appears in the following:

Epidemics and Politics: Can Haiti Learn From History?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Demonstrators in Haiti have been protesting an outbreak of cholera, which has killed more than 1,000 people and has hospitalized more than 16,000 in the past month. The riots began on Monday in northern and central Haiti, over suspicions that U.N. peacekeepers had brought the epidemic to the country from Nepal. But protesters have also used the issue to make a political statement, burning campaign posters of Jude Celestin, the candidate of President Rene Preval's Unity Party – just ahead of national elections coming up on November 28th, 2010. 

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Dread

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Zarela Martinez, owner of Zarela Restaurant, talks about the reaction to the swine flu outbreak both in New York and back home in Mexico. Then, Philip Alcabes, associate professor of Urban Public Health at Hunter College and author of Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from ...

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Slammed

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The swine flu is the latest in a long line of epidemics that have been fueled by fear, panic, and misinformation. Philip Alcabes, author of Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to Avian Flu, offers a little historical perspective. Then, should kids roam free? ...

Don't panic! Pandemics and epidemics throughout history

Monday, April 27, 2009

An outbreak of swine flu is raising alarms from Mexico to New Zealand. But this isn’t the first epidemic to cause widespread concern. From the great influenza pandemic of 1918 to the much-hyped, but far less deadly bird flu outbreaks, we’re nothing if not prepared to worry about a global disease threat. So, how might this current outbreak compare to others throughout history? And how much should we really worry? We’re joined by Philip Alcabes, professor of urban public health at Hunter College of the City University of New York, and the author of Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to Avian Flu.

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