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Beasts of the Earth: Animals, Humans, and Disease
     

Beasts of the Earth: Animals, Humans, and Disease

by E. Fuller Torrey
 

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In this slim volume, Torrey (Stanley Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland) and Yolken (director, Stanley Laborator of Developmental Neurovirology, pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) have written a history for the non-specialist that tells of the long connection between animal-carried diseases and humans, including salmonella, H5N1 bird flu, Lyme

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In this slim volume, Torrey (Stanley Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland) and Yolken (director, Stanley Laborator of Developmental Neurovirology, pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) have written a history for the non-specialist that tells of the long connection between animal-carried diseases and humans, including salmonella, H5N1 bird flu, Lyme disease, and the plague. Filled with disturbing facts and statistics, the account includes descriptions of each illness, its origins, various strains, mortality rate, recent outbreaks, and risky behavior or practice that make the disease viable. The reader will come away with a clear notion of the risks of owning exotic pets, the importance of good hygiene, and the potential for disease implicit in the current practices of animal husbandry and food preparation. A glossary is included. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Distinguished Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California - Frederick A. Murphy
"This book brings a very important subject to our attention-the never-ending emergence of new human diseases . . . in every instance defying our predictions, in every instance reminding us of the complexity of our world, in every instance challenging our capacity to prevent and control the threat. . . . The public and its public health experts have a lot to learn here, but Fuller Torrey and Robert Yolken have provided us with a grand primer. If 'the devil is in the details' then at least we can now see some of the manifestations of this devil, and perhaps how we must deal with him."
director, Public Citizen's Health Research Group, Washington, D.C. - Sidney M. Wolfe
"This book is a wonderful combination of very readable scientific and historical underpinnings of past and present epidemics of the spread of diseases from animals to people. This is combined with charming literary glimpses of how these disasters were portrayed at the time."
reader in parasite epidemiology, Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, London - Joanne P. Webster
"A super book . . . this important book provides a novel perspective on the current and future status of human disease. Highly recommended."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813537894
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/03/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
836 KB

Meet the Author

E. FULLER TORREY, M.D. is associate director for research at the Stanley Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland and a professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has authored or coauthored eighteen books, including The Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present

ROBERT H. YOLKEN, M.D. is the director of the Stanley Laboratory of Developmental Neurovirology and a professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. A specialist in infectious diseases, he is the coeditor of the standard textbook, Manual of Clinical Microbiology

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