Biohazard: The Hot Zone and Beyond

Biohazard: The Hot Zone and Beyond

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by Peter Brookesmith
     
 

Humanity has always lived with, and sometimes barely survived, plaques, pestilence, and epidemics. Today, horrors such as the Black Death, which wiped out almost half the population of Europe in the fourteenth century, seem like distant nightmares. Improved public health, vaccination, and new drugs have driven many diseases from large parts of the world. Tuberculosis,… See more details below

Overview

Humanity has always lived with, and sometimes barely survived, plaques, pestilence, and epidemics. Today, horrors such as the Black Death, which wiped out almost half the population of Europe in the fourteenth century, seem like distant nightmares. Improved public health, vaccination, and new drugs have driven many diseases from large parts of the world. Tuberculosis, malaria, polio, and the bubonic plague have been vanquished in many parts of the globe. Smallpox has been eradicated from the face of the Earth.

At the same time, diseases once under control are beginning to resist antibiotics, and super-resistant superbugs have been found in hospital wards. The threat of AIDS hangs over a whole generation. Nations large and small are genetically engineering biological weapons whose security is far from sure. These are just some of the biological perils (or "biohazards") we now face. Could a new age of plague and pestilence be about to dawn?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760705124
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
06/25/1997
Edition description:
Only from B&N Books
Pages:
176

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