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dc.contributor.advisorSattenspiel, Lisaen
dc.contributor.authorParish, Joseph MacLean, 1974-en_US
dc.coverage.spatialNova Scotia -- Cape Breton Islandeng
dc.date.issued2004eng
dc.date.submitted2004 Fallen
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.en_US
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file viewed on (June 29, 2006)en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionVita.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2004.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Anthropology.en_US
dc.description.abstractAn epidemic of scarlet fever on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada between 1875 and 1877 is analyzed in the context of a larger, world-wide pandemic of scarlet fever that occurred between 1825 and 1885. Data derived from public records on national censuses, provincial vital death records and parish records suggest that the epidemic impacted the two main ethnic groups of the island, the Acadians and the Scots, in very different ways. Statistical analysis was done considering the temporal and socio-cultural context of cause of death reporting in order to examine if this initial reading is valid. A deterministic computer model was also created to analyze the effects of each factor on the overall course of the epidemic. Results suggest that although the two groups did experience the epidemic in different ways, this difference is partially attributed to the terms used to describe cause of death information. Occupation, and household type resulting from occupation, is found to be a key indicator of epidemic experience. Differences in person to person contact rate are association with the different occupations/household types. Ethnic group preferences for the occupations of fishing or farming inextricably tie the issues of ethnicity and occupation together. The number of contacts people have per unit of time was found to be one of the major factors correlated to the epidemic experience. These results emphasize the importance of socio-cultural factors in an age where drug therapies are becoming less effective. They point to a need to understand the interactions between biology and behavior when examining such complex phenomena as human epidemics.en_US
dc.identifier.merlin.b55842914en_US
dc.identifier.otherParishJ-121604-D806en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/4093
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2004 Freely available dissertations (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2004 Dissertations
dc.subject.lcshScarlatinaen_US
dc.subject.lcshEpidemicsen_US
dc.titleAn analysis of the 1875-1877 scarlet fever epidemic of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotiaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropology (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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