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Posted March 29, 2001
Excellent message on dealing with infectious diseases.
Although the writing became a bit wordy at times for a layman, it was nonetheless a very well written and entertaining book. His main thesis deals with how stomach ulcers is/can be caused by bacteria and cervical cancer is/can be caused by virus. In both cases he acknowledges possible co-factors like stress or the environment. What I found most interesting was his discussion on how to deal most effectively with diseases, from better hygeine and behavioral changes, to almost encouraging the less virulent forms to live with us (as they have for our entire history) so as to discourage the evolutionary success of the more virulent forms. He also argues against looking for a 'magic bullet' in the form of vaccines for such diseases as AIDS. Vaccines and antibiotics, in their worst sense, simply encourage the evolutionary success of drug resistant germs, for which yet a more powerful drug will be needed and so on. In sum, aim the fight against the environmental factors and transmission mechanisms which allow the most virulent forms of disease to succeed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.