Loether, Herman Books
About the author: Dr. Herman Loether received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington, Seattle. He is Professor Emeritus, California State University – Dominguez Hills. He is the author of several previous books, chapters, and articles.2000 0-7734-7764-0
This is a report of a sociological, social-history study of the effects of threats of infectious diseases on the everyday behavior of members of a society. Episodes of a variety of infectious diseases, including bubonic plague, cholera, smallpox, and typhoid fever were identified over the time period studied to determine their impacts. Disruptions and alterations were identified as either temporary or permanent in nature. A version of threat theory was tested as an explanation for the kinds of changes that occurred and for the distinction between changes that were temporary and those that were permanent.