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The Invisible Enemy: A Natural History of Viruses

The Invisible Enemy: A Natural History of Viruses

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by Dorothy Crawford
     
 

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Viruses are disarmingly small and simple. None the less, the smallpox virus killed over 300 million people in the 20th century prior to its eradication in 1980. The AIDS virus, HIV, is now the single most common cause of death in Africa. In recent years, the outbreaks of several lethal viruses such as Ebola and hanta virus have caused great public concern. In her

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Viruses are disarmingly small and simple. None the less, the smallpox virus killed over 300 million people in the 20th century prior to its eradication in 1980. The AIDS virus, HIV, is now the single most common cause of death in Africa. In recent years, the outbreaks of several lethal viruses such as Ebola and hanta virus have caused great public concern. In her fascinating and vividly written book, Dorothy Crawford describes all aspects of the natural history of these deadly parasites, explaining how they differ from other microorganisms. She looks at the havoc viruses have caused in the past, where they have come from, and the detective work involved in uncovering them. Finally, she considers whether a new virus could potentially wipe out the human race. This is an informative and highly readable book, which will be read by all those seeking a deeper understanding of these minute but remarkably efficient killers.

Editorial Reviews

Economist
A brief but illuminating book...anyone with a case of sniffles will find some comfort in Ms. Crawford's book. It covers such a wide range of nasty (and frequently fatal) diseases that ailing readers will appreciate how lucky they are not to have caught something worse.
From the Publisher
"This book is an intriguing look at the world of viruses and in particular the epidemiology of viruses." -Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191622489
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
03/21/2002
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Dorothy Crawford is Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Edinburgh.

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