Diseases and Human Evolution / Edition 1

Diseases and Human Evolution / Edition 1

by Ethne Barnes
     
 

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…  See more details below

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
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2The war between microbes and men9
Ch. 3Early humans and their diseases27
Ch. 4The seeds of change45
Ch. 5Mosquitoes, malaria, and gene wars67
Ch. 6Invitation to a minute worm : the schistosomes99
Ch. 7Braving new worlds : invisible enemies of settlers115
Ch. 8Domesticated animals and disease137
Ch. 9Cows, mycobacteria, and tuberculosis157
Ch. 10The moral disease : leprosy173
Ch. 11The coming of civilization185
Ch. 12Syphilis : the great change artist201
Ch. 13Memories of small pox221
Ch. 14Pestilence, plague, and rats237
Ch. 15Of lice and men : plus ticks, mites, and chiggers251
Ch. 16Marching to a new world order : European expansion and the Industrial Revolution169
Ch. 17Easy route to fame and gripe : cholera, the salmonella gang, and other prominent gut bugs279
Ch. 18Transoceanic hitchhikers : yellow fever and its dengue cousin299
Ch. 19Food for thought : the mystery diseases313
Ch. 20The globalization of influenza337
Ch. 21Diseases of modern civilization355
Ch. 22The new viral wars and sleeping dragons387
Ch. 23Back to the future413

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