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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, David J. Zimmerman
 

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ISBN-10: 0071409262

ISBN-13: 9780071409261

Pub. Date: 09/06/2002

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

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?

Overview

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 bioterrorism and the deplorable role it has played and is likely to play in the phenomenal diversity of diseases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071409261
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
09/06/2002
Edition description:
Net
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
518,183
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
1The Origin of Disease1
Extraterrestrial Origins2
Spontaneous Generation3
Evolution of Life4
2Germs and Disease: A Brief History7
Witchcraft, Retribution, and the Humor of It All7
Seeing the Invisible10
A Milkmaid's Tale12
Chance Favors the Prepared Mind16
A Sheepish Situation17
Mad Dogs and Frenchmen18
Doctors of Death23
That Nasty Little German27
3Magic Bullets31
The First Chemotherapy32
The First Antibiotic35
The First Wonder Drug38
The Miracle Mold41
A Miracle from the Soil45
Back to the Future49
4The White Death59
Captain of the Men of Death60
Winning the Battle65
Losing the War74
5New Kids on the Block81
Lyme Disease: Getting Ticked Off82
The Flesh Eaters89
Legionnaires' Disease: Opportunity Knocks94
6The Virus101
The Discovery of Viruses102
How Do Viruses Work?103
Acute Viral Infections106
Persistent Viral Infections108
Our Immune System and Autoimmunity111
Origin of Viruses115
Viruses as Agents of Genetic Change116
Beyond the Virus--the Prion117
The Gathering Storm--Emerging Viruses119
7Emerging Viruses121
Marburg121
Ebola124
Lassa127
Hantavirus128
Dengue132
West Nile Virus133
Why Viruses Emerge136
8Common Viruses That Kill141
Influenza141
The Swine Flu Scare of 1976144
The ABCs of Hepatitis146
Poliomyelitis (Infantile Paralysis)153
Measles156
9Parasites That Kill159
Protozoa160
Flatworms172
Roundworms175
Parasitic Fungi: A Fungus Among Us181
10AIDS183
A New Disease Emerges183
Searching for the Cause186
Testing for AIDS190
Anatomy of a Virus193
Prevention196
Treatment199
Where Did HIV Come From?202
What Lies Ahead?204
11Bioterrorism207
The Nations208
The Germs219
Bioterrorism Today233
Conclusion241
Bibliography and Suggested Readings247
Index265

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Killer Germs: Microbes and Diseases That Threaten Humanity 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
AlexanderSupertramp1 More than 1 year ago
Although more like a textbook and a science fiction or thriller book, I found it to be very rewarding in a sense of gaining knowledge in an area that so many of us lack the proper knowledge.  The best example was the section on Lyme Disease, a common threat in my native New England area, so I was pleased with that very much.  This was a very dense book full of information so read slowly and take in as much as you can.  If you want to read a book with a little more of a story to it, then I wouldnt recommend this, read a RIchard Preston Novel.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about cool things in science. David Zimmerman could have done a better job though.