A Field Guide to Germs / Edition 2

A Field Guide to Germs / Edition 2

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by Wayne Biddle
     
 

ISBN-10: 140003051X

ISBN-13: 9781400030514

Pub. Date: 06/25/2002

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

From the ravages of the Ebola virus in Zaire to outbreaks of pneumonic plague in India and drug-resistant TB in New York City, contagious diseases are fighting back against once-unconquerable modern medicine. Public concern about infectious disease is on the rise as newspapers trumpet the arrivals of new germs and the reemergence of old ones.

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From the ravages of the Ebola virus in Zaire to outbreaks of pneumonic plague in India and drug-resistant TB in New York City, contagious diseases are fighting back against once-unconquerable modern medicine. Public concern about infectious disease is on the rise as newspapers trumpet the arrivals of new germs and the reemergence of old ones.

In A Field Guide to Germs, Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Wayne Biddle brings readers face to face with nearly one hundred of the best-known (in terms of prevalence, power, historical importance, or even literary interest) of the myriad pathogens that live in and around the human population. Along with physical descriptions of the organisms and the afflictions they cause, the author provides folklore, philosophy, history, and such illustrations as nineteenth century drawings of plague-induced panic, microscopic photographs of HIV and Ebola, and wartime posters warning servicemen against syphilis and gonorrhea.

From cholera to chlamydia, TB to HIV, bubonic plague to Lyme disease, rabies to Congo-Crimean encephalitis, anthrax to Zika fever, and back to good old rhinitis (the common cold), A Field Guide to Germs is both a handy reference work to better understand today's headlines and a fascinating look at the astonishing impact of micro-organisms on social and political history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400030514
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/25/2002
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
775,044
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Introduction3
adenoviruses21
anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)22
arboviruses26
arenaviruses26
bites28
Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough)28
Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease)30
Brucella33
Campylobacter35
Candida albicans36
chikungunya/o'nyong-nyong viruses37
Chinese restaurant syndrome38
Chlamydia38
cholera (Vibrio cholerae)40
Clostridium47
Congo-Crimean/Rift Valley/California/St. Louis viruses52
coronaviruses54
Cryptosporidium54
cytomegaloviruses56
dengue57
diphtheria (Corynebacterium diphtheriae)59
dysentery61
E. coli63
Ehrlichia65
Enterococcus66
enteroviruses66
Epstein-Barr virus69
Fort Bragg (Leptospira)71
Giardia lamblia72
hantaviruses73
Helicobacter pylori75
Hemophilus75
hepatitis76
herpes79
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)80
influenza (flu)87
Legionella91
Listeria monocytogenes93
mad cow94
Marburg/Ebola viruses95
measles98
mumps103
mycobacteria105
Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonorrhea)106
Neisseria meningitidis109
papillomaviruses111
parainfluenza viruses/respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)112
Plasmodium (malaria)113
pneumococcus119
polio120
Q fever124
rabies125
rhinoviruses128
Rickettsia130
Rocky Mountain spotted fever131
rotavirus/Norwalk133
Salmonella134
San Joaquin fever (Coccidioides immitis)136
slapped cheek disease (parvovirus B19)136
smallpox137
Staphylococcus145
Streptococcus148
syphilis (Treponema pallidum)152
tinea157
Trichinella158
tuberculosis158
typhoid (Salmonella typhi)165
typhus167
varicella-zoster virus169
West Nile virus171
worms172
yellow fever174
Yersinia pestis (plague)179
Zika fever185
Notes to the Introduction187
Selected Bibliography191
Index195
Acknowledgments210

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A Field Guide to Germs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it basically touches on the main points of each disease. its first outbreak, various strands of the virus, the fatality rate, and some very interesting pictures. great book!