Invisible Enemy A Natural History of Viruses

ISBN-10: 0198564813
ISBN-13: 9780198564812
Edition: 2002
List price: $19.95
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Description: Viruses are disarmingly small and simple. None the less, the smallpox virus killed over 300 million people in the 20th century prior to its eradication in 1980. The AIDS virus, HIV, is now the single most common cause of death in Africa. In recent  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/3/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Viruses are disarmingly small and simple. None the less, the smallpox virus killed over 300 million people in the 20th century prior to its eradication in 1980. The AIDS virus, HIV, is now the single most common cause of death in Africa. In recent years, the outbreaks of several lethal viruses such as Ebola and hanta virus have caused great public concern. In her fascinating and vividly written book, Dorothy Crawford describes all aspects of the natural history of these deadly parasites, explaining how they differ from other microorganisms. She looks at the havoc viruses have caused in the past, where they have come from, and the detective work involved in uncovering them. Finally, she considers whether a new virus could potentially wipe out the human race. This is an informative and highly readable book, which will be read by all those seeking a deeper understanding of these minute but remarkably efficient killers.

Dorothy Crawford is Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, where she is also Assistant Principal for the Public Understanding of Medicine. Her previous publications include The Invisible Enemy: A Natural History of Viruses. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to medicine and higher education.

Introduction: The deadly parasite
Bugs, germs, and microbes
New viruses or old adversaries in new guises?
Coughs and sneezes spread diseases
Unlike love, herpes is forever
Viruses and cancer
Searching for a cure
Conclusion: The future--friend or foe?
References
Glossary
Index

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