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Parasites, Pathogens, and Progress: Diseases and Economic Development

Robert A. McGuire and Philip R.P. Coelho


This book integrates biological and economic perspectives into an explanation of the historical development of humanity and the economy, paying particular attention to the American experience, its history, and its development. In their pathbreaking examination of the impact of population growth and parasitic diseases, the authors contend that interpretations of history which minimize or ignore the physical environment are incomplete or wrong. They emphasize the paradoxical impact of population growth and density on progress. An increased population leads to increased market size, specializatio ... More

Keywords: humanity, economy, population growth, parasitic diseases, physical environment, specialization, productivity, living standards, increased population density, pathogens

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015660
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015660.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. McGuire, author

Philip R.P. Coelho, author