Killer Germs: Microbes and Diseases That Threaten Humanity / Edition 1

Killer Germs: Microbes and Diseases That Threaten Humanity / Edition 1

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by Barry Zimmerman, David Zimmerman
     
 

Discover the unseen assassins that plague humanity

Until recently, most of us went about our daily lives with a false sense of public health security. Epidemics were a thing of the past, the AIDS crisis had diminished, and an annual vaccination kept the flu at bay.

Then, in late 2001, all of those illusions of public health safety were suddenly shattered. A

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Discover the unseen assassins that plague humanity

Until recently, most of us went about our daily lives with a false sense of public health security. Epidemics were a thing of the past, the AIDS crisis had diminished, and an annual vaccination kept the flu at bay.

Then, in late 2001, all of those illusions of public health safety were suddenly shattered. A litany of terrifying images and events became all to familiar, from federal agents surreally swathed in biohazard suits to the daily evacuation of major government buildings for anthrax decontamination. The lethal power of microscopic organisms—no longer confined to the lab—-permeated our collective psyches, forcing us to confront the serious threat posed by killer germs.

This updated edition of Barry and David Zimmerman's classic on the subject offers a riveting retrospective of the havoc-wreaking microbes of the past as well as an engrossing exploration of emerging threats, including a new chapter on bioterrorism. In these pages, you'll discover:

  • What makes smallpox the most potentially devastating of all bioweapons, and how prepared we are to fight it
  • Why tuberculosis—already responsible for 2 billion deaths—is on the rise in the United States, Canada, and Europe
  • How antibiotic overload might one day turn a simple paper cut or skinned knee into a source of fatal infection
  • Why virologists fear that an easily transmissible, highly virulent superflu—strong enough to rival the strain that killed millions in 1918—is imminent

From the bygone bubonic plague to the modern nightmare of Ebola, Killer Germs offers a fascinating examination of the horrors humanity has faced and the actions required to provide hope for the future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071409261
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
09/06/2002
Edition description:
Revised & Updated Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
214,755
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1The Origin of Disease1
2Germs and Disease: A Brief History7
3Magic Bullets31
4The White Death59
5New Kids on the Block81
6The Virus101
7Emerging Viruses121
8Common Viruses That Kill141
9Parasites That Kill159
10AIDS183
11Bioterrorism207
Conclusion241
Bibliography and Suggested Readings247
Index265

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