Diseases and Human Evolution / Edition 1

Diseases and Human Evolution / Edition 1

by Ethne Barnes
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0826330665

ISBN-13: 9780826330666

Pub. Date: 01/25/2007

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

Recent interest in new diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and Ebola, and the resurgence of older diseases like tuberculosis has fostered questions about the history of human infectious diseases. How did they evolve? Where did they originate? What natural factors have stalled the progression of diseases or made them possible? How does a microorganism become a pathogen? How

Overview

Recent interest in new diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and Ebola, and the resurgence of older diseases like tuberculosis has fostered questions about the history of human infectious diseases. How did they evolve? Where did they originate? What natural factors have stalled the progression of diseases or made them possible? How does a microorganism become a pathogen? How have infectious diseases changed through time? What can we do to control their occurrence? Writing in a clear, lively style, Barnes offers general overviews of every variety of disease and their carriers, from insects and worms through rodent vectors to household pets and farm animals. She devotes whole chapters to major infectious diseases such as leprosy, syphilis, smallpox, mad cow disease, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease.

About the Author:
Ethne Barnes was a paleopathologist at Wichita State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826330666
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
01/25/2007
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
735,877
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Introduction     1
The Meaning of Disease     2
Approaches to Understanding Disease     5
Coming Together     6
Germs, Genes, Geography, and Human Behavior     7
Concluding Comments     8
The War between Microbes and Men     9
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly     12
The War Zone     19
Immunity throughout the Life Cycle     24
Concluding Comments     24
Early Humans and Their Diseases     27
Wanderlust     27
Evolutionary Hitchhikers     28
Herpes     30
Roving Parasites and Opportunistic Microbes     33
Insect Carriers of Disease     34
Hitchhiking Insects     35
Ingestion of Parasites     37
Trichinosis     39
Tapeworms (Cestodes)     40
Noninfectious Disease and Dental Disease     41
Paleolithic Times     42
Concluding Comments     43
The Seeds of Change     45
Prologue     45
The Best of Times     47
Changing Times     48
Changes in Disease Patterns     51
Rodent-borne Diseases     52
Insect-borne Diseases     54
Togetherness in a Crowded Village     57
Intestinal Roundworms (Nematodes)     58
Hookworms     61
Noninfectious Disease and Dental Disease     62
Concluding Comments     63
Mosquitoes, Malaria, and Gene Wars     67
Shifting Paradigms     67
The Vectors of Malaria     69
Evolution of Malaria     74
The Lives of the Plasmodia Parasites of Malaria     76
The Disease Complex     80
Endemic versus Epidemic Malaria     85
Surviving the New Order through Genetics     86
Concluding Comments     96
Invitation to a Minute Worm: The Schistosomes     99
Background Check     99
The Onerous Guest     100
The African Invitation     105
The Asian Invitation     110
Concluding Comments     112
Braving New Worlds: Invisible Enemies of Settlers     115
Paradise Found and Lost     115
Avoiding Africa's Fly Belts and the Sleeping Sickness     117
Making Room for Chagas' Disease in the New World     122
Leishmaniases: Old and New World     125
Flying Worms (Filariae)     130
Concluding Comments     134
Domesticated Animals and Disease     137
Man's Best Friend     138
Dogs and Rabies     139
Cat Fanciers     140
Cats and Toxoplasmosis     141
Taking Stock     143
Goats and Brucellosis     147
Bringing the Cows Home, and Anthrax     150
No News Is Good News in the New World     153
Concluding Comments     154
Cows, Mycobacteria, and Tuberculosis     157
Mycobacteria     157
Cows and the Mycobacteria of Tuberculosis     158
Tuberculosis: The Human Disease     160
Disease from Environmental Mycobacteria     166
The Ancient Trail of Tuberculosis     167
Concluding Comments     171
The Moral Disease: Leprosy     173
What Makes a Leper?     173
The Culprit of Leprosy     174
Different Sores for Different Folks     176
The History of Leprosy     180
Concluding Comments     182
The Coming of Civilization     185
The Lands of Plenty     186
Opportunity Knocks      188
Evolution of Childhood Diseases     190
Concluding Comments     200
Syphilis: The Great Change Artist     201
The Agent     201
The Many Faces of Syphilis     203
The Yaws Version     204
The Pinta Version     205
Nonvenereal Syphilis     206
Venereal Syphilis     207
Different Scenes, Different Patterns of Sores     207
Congenital Syphilis     211
Changeovers     212
The Great Historical Pretense and the Facts     213
Concluding Comments     217
Memories of Smallpox     221
The Virus     221
The Disease     223
The Trail of Smallpox     226
Desperate Measures     230
Cowpox     233
The Hybrid Virus     233
Concluding Comments     234
Pestilence, Plague, and Rats     237
Rats Take Over the World     238
Rat Fleas and Yersinia pestis     241
The Disease     243
Origin and Spread: The Great Rat Migrations     244
Concluding Comments     248
Of Lice and Men: Plus Ticks, Mites, and Chiggers      251
Lice and Men at War     251
Wild Flea-borne Typhus     253
Human (Louse-borne) Typhus     255
Brill-Zinsser Disease     257
History of Typhus     258
Trench Fever     261
Ticks, Mites, Chiggers, and Spotted Fevers     262
Concluding Comments     267
Marching to a New World Order: European Expansion and the Industrial Revolution     269
Medieval Prologue     269
The Great Paradigm Shift     271
The Great Leap Forward     273
Concluding Comments     276
Easy Route to Fame and Gripe: Cholera, the Salmonella Gang, and Other Prominent Gut Bugs     279
The Story of Cholera     280
The Salmonella Gang     287
Other Prominent Gut Bugs     293
Concluding Comments     297
Transoceanic Hitchhikers: Yellow Fever and Its Dengue Cousin     299
Yellow Fever     300
The Yellow Fever Viral Impact on the Human Host     303
Yellow Fever Epilogue     305
Dengue Fever     306
Primary Infection of Dengue Fever     307
Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever     309
Concluding Comments      310
Food for Thought: The Mystery Diseases     313
Food Choices and Availability     314
The Mystery Diseases: For Lack of Certain Nutrients     316
The Land of All You Can Eat     331
Concluding Comments     334
The Globalization of Influenza     337
What Is Influenza?     337
The Agents of Infection     339
Shifting Subtypes and Drifting New Lineages     342
The 1918 Influenza Pandemic     343
Early History of Influenza     346
Post-1918 Influenza     348
The 1976 Swine Flu Fiasco     349
The 1997 Bird Flu Scare     351
Concluding Comments     352
Diseases of Modern Civilization     355
On the Road to Affluence     355
Operation "Clean Sweep"     357
Epidemic Poliomyelitis     359
Meningococcal Meningitis     362
The Hepatitis World     364
Obstreperous Strep and the Staph of Life     367
Opportunistic Legionnaire's Disease     375
Lyme Disease     376
The Mystery of Chronic Diseases     380
Cancer Wars     382
Concluding Comments     385
The New Viral Wars and Sleeping Dragons     387
The HIV/AIDS Pandemic     388
Hemorrhagic Fevers     398
Viral Encephalitis     406
Concluding Comments     411
Back to the Future     413
SARS: The Warning Shot Heard around the World     414
Pollution's Progress     415
A Word about Fungus     418
Germs and Chemicals Designed for War     419
Mad Cows, Designer Pigs, and Fancy Plants     422
The Greatest Danger: A Crowded World     425
Out of Order     426
Concluding Comments: Ignorance Is Not Bliss     428
Works Cited     429
Index     469

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >