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The international public health scare that resulted last year when a man infected with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis flew overseas from the United States and back illustrates both the fear and the potential impact of highly infectious diseases in a global age. At a time when scientists warn of the potential for an influenza epidemic to rival the deadly outbreak of 1919 and newspapers feature alarming headlines about incidences of mad cow disease, infectious disease will be a critical area of concern and scientific study in the twenty-first century.     

Infectious Disease collects thirty of the most exciting, innovative, and significant articles on communicable illness published in the pages of Scientific American magazine since 1993. With sections devoted to viral infections, infectious disease, the immune system, and global management and treatment issues, Infectious Disease provides general readers and students with an excellent overview of recent research in the field. Roger I. Glass discusses a potential vaccine for the rotavirus—a leading cause of severe childhood diarrhea world wide and frequent killer of young children in developing nations. Jeffery K. Taubenberger and colleagues investigate the virulent strain of influenza that killed up to 40 million people in 1919 to suggest treatments and recommend preventative measures. And Paul R. Epstein looks into whether global warming could be harmful to our health, untangling research that suggests that many diseases will flourish as Earth’s atmosphere heats up.      

The prominence of disease in the ecology and evolution of human society has spurred investment in research and technology development, and, as a consequence, the topic is much discussed in the general and scientific media. Infectious Disease is the essential sourcebook for anyone looking for the solid science and compelling narrative behind the stories that make headlines.

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Editorial Reviews

"The vital writing style of the thirty chapters, each authored by a world expert, negates any dating. . . . Each chapter stands alone as a readable review that informs at many different levels; the book is therefore suitable for the layperson wanting to know about infectious diseases or for the senior academic wanting primers outside his/her field."

— Peter Billingsley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226742649
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Series: Scientific American Readers Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 517,633
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Scientific American, the premier general-interest science magazine, reports the most important developments in modern science, medicine, and technology to more than three million readers worldwide. The oldest continuously published magazine in the United States, it has been at the forefront of science for more than 150 years. The Scientific American Readers Evolution and Oceans are also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

Evolution and the Origins of Disease   Randolph M. Nesse   George C. Williams     1
Viral Infections
Are Viruses Alive?   Luis P. Villarreal     17
New Hope for Defeating Rotavirus   Roger I. Glass     24
Capturing a Killer Flu Virus   Jeffery K. Taubenberger   Ann H. Reid   Thomas G. Fanning     35
The Unmet Challenges of Hepatitis C   Adrian M. Di Bischeglie   Bruce R. Bacon     47
Hope in a Vial   Carol Ezzell     58
A New Assault on HIV   Gary Stix     68
A Cure for Rabies?   Rodney E. Willoughby, Jr.     73
Emerging Viruses   Bernard Le Guenno     85
Beyond Chicken Soup   William A. Haseltine     95
Infectious Disease
The Bacteria behind Ulcers   Martin J. Blaser     107
The Challenges of STDs   Philip E. Ross     117
Can Chlamydia Be Stopped?   David M. Ojcius   Toni Darville   Patrik M. Bavoil     129
Tackling Malaria   Claire Panosian Dunavan     137
Attacking Anthrax   John A. T. Young   R. John Collier     148
The Prion Diseases   Stanley B. Prusiner     155
Detecting Mad Cow Disease   Stanley B. Prusiner     170
The Immune System
Infectious Diseases and the Immune System   William E. Paul     183
Immunity's Early-Warning System   Luke A. J. O'Neill     194
The Long Arm of the Immune System   Jacques Banchereau     206
Intrigue at the Immune Synapse   Daniel M. Davis     213
Peacekeepers of the Immune System   Zoltan Fehervari   Shimon Sakaguchi     221
New Predictors of Disease   Abner Louis Notkins     233
Taming Lupus   Moncef Zouali     244
Global Management and Treatment Issues
Preparing for a Pandemic   W. Wayt Gibbs   Christine Soares     259
If Smallpox Strikes Portland...   Chris L. Barrett   Stephen G. Eubank   James P. Smith     275
Is Global Warming Harmful to Health?   Paul R. Epstein     286
The Challenge of Antibiotic Resistance   Stuart B. Levy     299
Behind Enemy Lines   K. C. Nicolaou   Christopher N. C. Boddy     313
An Antibiotic Resistance Fighter   Gary Stix     323
Illustration Credits      327
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