Epidemics and Plagues (Kingfisher Knowledge Series)
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Epidemics and Plagues (Kingfisher Knowledge Series)

by Richard Walker
     
 

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Plagues have been an ongoing feature of human history, and this addition to the award-winning KFK series places today's heightened interest in global health issues in a larger historical context. Using a mix of science and history, Epidemics & Plagues reveals how certain diseases become worldwide killers, and provides comprehensive answers to readers' most

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Plagues have been an ongoing feature of human history, and this addition to the award-winning KFK series places today's heightened interest in global health issues in a larger historical context. Using a mix of science and history, Epidemics & Plagues reveals how certain diseases become worldwide killers, and provides comprehensive answers to readers' most pressing questions. From the Black Death of thirteenth-century Europe, to AIDS, SARS, and avian influenza, Epidemics & Plagues peers through the microscope at the agents that cause the diseases and also uncovers the superstitions and drama surrounding them.

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“Richard Walker provides a compelling historical view ...Young scientists who wish to discover everything from the development of polio in ancient Egypt to the Black Plague and its spread through Europe during the 1300s to modern epidemics like AIDS and West Nile virus will enjoy exploring Epidemics and Plagues, which is a wonderful addition to this exciting scientific series.” —Children's Literature
Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
What causes an epidemic? What impact have plagues had on human history since ancient times? How did the Black Plague impact the feudal system of Europe during the 1300s? What can people do on a daily basis to help stop the spread of deadly diseases? Epidemics and Plagues is a scientific adventure through the history of human diseases and pathogens. The Kingfisher Knowledge series provides young readers with stunning photographs and digital artwork on a variety of topics, including the human body, forensics, and archaeology. Richard Walker provides a compelling historical view of early epidemics, powerful pathogens, and how the immune systems works, protecting the body against diseases. Young scientists who wish to discover everything from the development of polio in ancient Egypt to the Black Plague and its spread through Europe during the 1300s to modern epidemics like AIDS and West Nile virus will enjoy exploring Epidemics and Plagues, which is a wonderful addition to this exciting scientific series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753461617
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
11/15/2007
Series:
Kingfisher Knowledge Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Richard Walker is an award-winning author of books about natural history and human biology for both children and adults, including Kingfisher Knowledge: Microscopic Life. He has a Ph.D. in zoology. As a former biology teacher he has a practical understanding of the importance of accessible reference materials.

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