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Circle with prehistoric creatures swimming around, petri dish with bacteria below, on white cover, TYPHOID in red font to centre.


The past, present, and future of an ancient disease

By (author) Claas Kirchhelle


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  • An exploration of the past, present and future of typhoid control using both literary and real-life figures
  • Draws from the award-winning Typhoidland exhibitions, dispelling the myth of typhoid as an eradicated disease
  • More relevant than ever in a post-COVID world
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A killer of paupers, princes and presidents, typhoid was an invisible threat in Victorian times and remains dangerous in many areas today. In this exploration of the past, present and future of typhoid control, Dr Claas Kirchhelle uses the stories of both literary characters and real-life figures to trace typhoid’s transformation from a mysterious scourge into a controllable microbial threat. Drawing on the award-winning Typhoidland exhibitions, the author dispels the myth of typhoid as an eradicated disease and shows how cutting-edge vaccines and collective international action offer new hope amidst surging drug resistance – a subject that has gained new relevance in a post-COVID world.

About the Author

Dr Claas Kirchhelle is a Lecturer in the History of Medicine at University College Dublin and a curator of the Typhoidland exhibitions.

Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers
12th Aug 2022
Paperback / softback
274 mm x 196 mm
96 Pages
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