Killer Germs

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Killer Germs is a revised version of the successful 1996 edition, which sets out to answer everything we ever wanted to know about deadly viruses, flesh-eating microbes, and other life-threatening beasties we have been too afraid to ask about. This fascinating, often horrifying overview of germs and their origins, cures, and newly emerging diseases of the future covers every aspect of the killer germ. The book provides easy-to-understand explanations of how germs invade, and the diversity and variety with which ...
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New Ships From Canada. New. No dust jacket as issued. 244 p. Book Description Everything readers ever wanted to know about deadly viruses, killer parasites, flesh-eating ... microbes, and other lifethreatening beasties but were afraid to ask What disease, known as "'"the White Death"'" has killed 2 billion people, and counting? What fatal disease lurks undetected in air conditioners and shower heads, waiting to become airborne? How lethal is the Ebola virus, and will there ever be a cure for it? How do you catch flesh-eating bacteria? Killer Germs takes readers on a fascinating (sometimes horrifying) journey into the amazing world of viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and worms and explores the roles they have played in shaping the course of human history. From biblical plagues, to the AIDS crisis, to supergerms of the future, this updated and revised edition of the original covers the whole gamut of diseases that have threatened humanity since its origins. It also includes a new chapter on t. Read more Show Less

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1996 Trade paperback New. No dust jacket as issued. 244 p. Book Description Everything readers ever wanted to know about deadly viruses, killer parasites, flesh-eating microbes, ... and other lifethreatening beasties but were afraid to ask What disease, known as "the White Death" has killed 2 billion people, and counting? What fatal disease lurks undetected in air conditioners and shower heads, waiting to become airborne? How lethal is the Ebola virus, and will there ever be a cure for it? How do you catch flesh-eating bacteria? Killer Germs takes readers on a fascinating (sometimes horrifying) journey into the amazing world of viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and worms and explores the roles they have played in shaping the course of human history. From biblical plagues, to the AIDS crisis, to supergerms of the future, this updated and revised edition of the original covers the whole gamut of diseases that have threatened humanity since its origins. It also includes a new chapter on the history of bioterro Read more Show Less

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Overview

Killer Germs is a revised version of the successful 1996 edition, which sets out to answer everything we ever wanted to know about deadly viruses, flesh-eating microbes, and other life-threatening beasties we have been too afraid to ask about. This fascinating, often horrifying overview of germs and their origins, cures, and newly emerging diseases of the future covers every aspect of the killer germ. The book provides easy-to-understand explanations of how germs invade, and the diversity and variety with which they travel, invade and infect. From pathogens and parasites, from worms to mosquitoes, from viruses that "pirate" a cell to Jonas Salk's first polio vaccination, the reader is made aware of the fragility of the human body, and the diversity and tenacity of the germ. The book may read like a horror novel, but the real horror lies in its truth. Killer Germs covers the treatable to the unthinkable. And these horror stories aren't just recent - from biblical times mankind has suffered from incomprehensible diseases that have wiped out millions and changed the course of history. Although the 20th century has seen many inroads in the areas of prevention and treatment, there are diseases yet to be conquered, and many political and financial factors that keep the global population from gaining appropriate treatment. This, the authors write, is the paradox of killer germs - while Western cultures are creating strains that can wipe out portions of the population, other cultures are literally dying off for lack of adequate medicine and attention. The most frightening chapter yet is on Bioterrorism, "perhaps the greatest nightmare of all, because the danger is not so much a bacterium or virus, but the human spirit and its ultimate capacity for evil - man's inhumanity to man." The use of anthrax shortly after the September 11th attacks have been a wake-up call to America regarding the use of weaponized germs and chemicals, their dangers, and precautionary measures one can take against them. The use of potential germ weapons in the wrong hands transforms them into the world's smallest, yet deadliest, warheads. The fight against pathogens is never over.
About the Author

Barry Zimmerman and David Zimmerman, identical twins, are both science teachers. Barry is a graduate of Brooklyn College and has a Master of Science degree in microbiology from Long Island University. He has taught biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and medical techniques in the New York City public school system for thirty-five years. David is a graduate of Brooklyn College and has a Master of Science degree in microbiology from Long Island University. He has taught biology, zoology, physics and health careers in the public school system of New York City for thirty-four years. Barry and David have collaborated on two other books, Why Nothing Can Travel Faster Than Light...and Other Explorations and Nature's Curiosity Shop: Explorations in the Mysteries and Wonders of Science, which are collections of science essays.

Examines past diseases & looks ahead to the emerging threat of plagues such as the Ebola virus.

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The second supplement comprises two volumes covering a longer span of time than the first (1979-1984). The first of the two volumes contains a preface and general introduction along with citations from a large number of journals in sections on general works; historical accounts of societies, museums, and other institutions concerned with geology; histories of the petroleum industry; accounts of events significance in the history of geology; and individual geologists from A to K. Geologists' entries cite affiliations and list biographical and autobiographical works--not their professional publications. The second volume (unseen) covers L to Z and includes the indices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The Zimmerman brothers, identical twins who both have master's degrees in microbiology and teach high school science, write for the popular audience. The revised edition of their 1996 work contains material on recent killers, including West Nile virus and the letters containing anthrax sent following 9/11. Somewhat sensationalist in tone, the book describes the history, effects, and treatment for bacterial diseases, tuberculosis, viruses, parasitic diseases, AIDS, and bioterrorism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809233908
  • Publisher: NTC Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Origin of Disease 1
2 Germs and Disease: A Brief History 7
3 Magic Bullets 31
4 The White Death 59
5 New Kids on the Block 81
6 The Virus 101
7 Emerging Viruses 121
8 Common Viruses That Kill 141
9 Parasites That Kill 159
10 AIDS 183
11 Bioterrorism 207
Conclusion 241
Bibliography and Suggested Readings 247
Index 265
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2000

    Justs when you thought it was safe...

    Killer germs, viruses, parasites of all kinds continually adapting and attacking all other life forms with no mercy. That's the essence of this primer on diseases and their causes which all of us should read with fear and maybe some respect for these ingenious organisms which have been alive longer than humans and will likely outlive our species if we don't eradicate all life on this planet. No matter what we do to avoid or destroy germs we can't manage to do so for long if at all. At least that seems to be the view of the authors. Deforestation drives animals and their germs into our homes and closer contact with us and our domestic animals exposing us to new diseases or old diseases which we had left behind when we moved indoors. Reforestation increases the numbers of insects and their germs and our increased use of these wooded recreation sites increases our opporunity to get infected. If we use a new drug therapy; the germs adapt. If we misuse a drug; the germs adapt. If our immune system gains ground against one form of a germ; it adapts. The authors present a frightening picture of the on-going war between us and the germs. Hopefully it will be an unending war because if it ends humanns won't be the victors. All-in-all an interesting read.

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