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Deadly Companions How Microbes Shaped Our History

ISBN-10: 0199561443
ISBN-13: 9780199561445
Edition: 2009
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Description: Combining tales of devastating epidemics with accessible science and fascinating history, Deadly Companions reveals how closely microbes have evolved with us over the millennia, shaping human civilization through infection, disease, and deadly  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Combining tales of devastating epidemics with accessible science and fascinating history, Deadly Companions reveals how closely microbes have evolved with us over the millennia, shaping human civilization through infection, disease, and deadly pandemic. Beginning with a dramatic account of the SARS pandemic at the start of the 21st century, Dorothy Crawford takes us back in time to follow the interlinked history of microbes and humanity, offering an up-to-date look at ancient plagues and epidemics, and identifying key changes in the way humans have lived--such as our move from hunter-gatherer to farmer to city-dweller--which made us ever more vulnerable to microbe attack. Showing that how we live our lives today--with increased crowding and air travel--puts us once again at risk, Crawford asks whether we might ever conquer microbes completely. Among the possible answers, one thing becomes clear: that for generations to come, our deadly companions will continue to influence our lives. New in Paperback

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.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
How It All Began
Our Microbial Inheritance
Microbes Jump Species
Crowds, Filth and Poverty
Microbes Go Global
Famine and Devastation
Deadly Companions Revealed
The Fight Back
Conclusion: Living Together
Glossary
Notes and References
Further Reading
Index

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