The Invisible Enemy

The Invisible Enemy

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by Dorothy Crawford
     
 

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Here is a compelling scientific account of viruses, their history, and the dangers they pose—now and in the future. Viruses are disarmingly small and simple. Nevertheless, the smallpox virus killed over 300 million people in the twentieth century before it was eradicated in 1980. The AIDS virus, HIV, is now the world's biggest killer infection and the single

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Here is a compelling scientific account of viruses, their history, and the dangers they pose—now and in the future. Viruses are disarmingly small and simple. Nevertheless, the smallpox virus killed over 300 million people in the twentieth century before it was eradicated in 1980. The AIDS virus, HIV, is now the world's biggest killer infection and the single most common cause of death in Africa. In recent years, the outbreaks of several lethal viruses such as Ebola and Hantavirus have caused great public concern—yet most people remain woefully ill-informed.

In this fascinating new book, Dorothy Crawford explains lucidly and accessibly all aspects of the natural history of these deadly parasites and discusses controversial subjects such as CFS and Gulf War Syndrome. The book considers issues such as how man has coped with viruses in the past, where new viruses come from, and whether it would be possible for a new virus to wipe out the human race. Professor Crawford illustrates her arguments with vivid and wide-ranging examples. The result is an informative and highly readable book, which will be read by all those who seek a deeper understanding of these minute but remarkably efficient killers.

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"This book is an intriguing look at the world of viruses and in particular the epidemiology of viruses."—Choice

"I recommend The Invisible Enemy to anyone with questions about the nature of viruses and their role in human diseases...The Invisible Enemy is a clear and powerful beacon that penetrates the increasingly dense fog of media reports, folklore and myths""—New Scientist

"Professor Crawford writes in a clear and accessible manner, which successfully conveys her fascination with the subject, and poses lots of interesting questions. Recommended reading for microbiologists; highly recommended for journalists, politicians and the public seeking understanding of big topical issues such as AIDS/HIV and BSE/CJD.""—Microbiology Today

"...this fascinating book provides a rapid and accessible introduction to modern virology"."—Nature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198564812
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/13/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

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

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