Africa in the Time of Cholera

A History of Pandemics from 1817 to the Present

Myron Echenberg



Written in a style attractive to non-specialists, this book combines evidence from natural and social sciences to examine the impact on Africa of seven cholera pandemics since 1817, particularly the current impact of cholera on such major countries as Senegal, Angola, Mozambique, Congo, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Cholera's explosion in Africa involves such variables as migration, armed conflict, climate change, and changing disease ecology.


[Echenberg's] book is path-breaking. It makes a seminal contribution to global public health and historical epidemiology, and it will become a standard reference for scholars and policy analysts who strive to understand the reasons for cholera outbreaks within Africa and across the globe. It is also in the vanguard of a new field of scholarship and teaching: the history of global public health. - James L. A. Webb, Jr


Myron Echenberg is former Chair of the History Department at McGill University, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is a former editor of the Canadian Journal of African Studies.