Field Guide to Germs
Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)
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Description: From the ravages of the Ebola virus in Zaire to outbreaks of pneumonic plague in India and drug-resistant TB in New York City, contagious diseases are fighting back against once-unconquerable modern medicine. Public concern about infectious disease is on the rise as newspapers trumpet the arrivals of new germs and the reemergence of old ones. In A Field Guide to Germs, Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Wayne Biddle brings readers face to face with nearly one hundred of the best-known (in terms of prevalence, power, historical importance, or even literary interest) of the myriad pathogens that live in and around the human population. Along with physical descriptions of the organisms and the afflictions they cause, the author provides folklore, philosophy, history, and such illustrations as nineteenth century drawings of plague-induced panic, microscopic photographs of HIV and Ebola, and wartime posters warning servicemen against syphilis and gonorrhea. From cholera to chlamydia, TB to HIV, bubonic plague to Lyme disease, rabies to Congo-Crimean encephalitis, anthrax to Zika fever, and back to good old rhinitis (the common cold), A Field Guide to Germs is both a handy reference work to better understand today's headlines and a fascinating look at the astonishing impact of micro-organisms on social and political history.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/25/2002
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)|
|Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough)|
|Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease)|
|Chinese restaurant syndrome|
|cholera (Vibrio cholerae)|
|Congo-Crimean/Rift Valley/California/St. Louis viruses|
|diphtheria (Corynebacterium diphtheriae)|
|Fort Bragg (Leptospira)|
|HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)|
|Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonorrhea)|
|parainfluenza viruses/respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)|
|Rocky Mountain spotted fever|
|San Joaquin fever (Coccidioides immitis)|
|slapped cheek disease (parvovirus B19)|
|syphilis (Treponema pallidum)|
|typhoid (Salmonella typhi)|
|West Nile virus|
|Yersinia pestis (plague)|
|Notes to the Introduction|