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American Contagions - Epidemics and the Law from Smallpox to COVID-19


From yellow fever to smallpox to polio to AIDS to COVID-19, epidemics have prompted Americans to make choices and answer questions about their basic values and their laws. In five concise chapters, historian John Fabian Witt traces the legal history of epidemics, showing how infectious disease has both shaped and been shaped by, the law.

By John Fabian Witt, Published by Yale University Press, 2020, 184 pages, hardcover.