Killer Germs: Rogue Diseases of the Twenty-First Century

Killer Germs: Rogue Diseases of the Twenty-First Century

by Pete Moore, Andrews McMeel Publishing Staff
     
 
We are in a race against time to manage infectious diseases before they manage us. We are playing a dangerous game - the emergent bugs that develop and thrive in poor countries are just as capable of thriving in a wealthy society. To ignore the plight of the third world is to ignore the possibility that the developed world could be the next target of a hemorrhagic

Overview

We are in a race against time to manage infectious diseases before they manage us. We are playing a dangerous game - the emergent bugs that develop and thrive in poor countries are just as capable of thriving in a wealthy society. To ignore the plight of the third world is to ignore the possibility that the developed world could be the next target of a hemorrhagic fever such as Ebola. The over-use of antibiotics has rendered some of them practically useless, as bacteria evolve to become ever-more resistant. And common, highly infectious viruses such as flu continue to mutate into more virulent and deadly strains.

The future is not entirely bleak. Scientists are at last starting to understand the full scope of infectious disease, and while we are never going to be able to eradicate killer germs, bacteria, protazoa, prions and viruses, we can move to a greater understanding of how they work.

With this knowledge, we might deliver more effective health education, more successfully target our investment in medical technology and increase our spending on improved vaccination programmes. Together this could enable us to manage, and perhaps even contain, those diseases that are harmful to our existence.

What then can we do to protect humankind from the horror of the killer germs? In Killer Germs, award-winning author and scientist, Dr Pete Moore studies the truth behind the headlines and the hyperbole and looks at what the future holds in the battle against infectious diseases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781842221501
Publisher:
Carlton Books
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.73(h) x 1.14(d)

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Meet the Author

Dr Pete Moore is a medical journalist and Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Bristol. He is Chairman of the Medical Journalists Association and winner of numerous awards for his journalism, including the MJA Tony Thistlethwaite Award for his most recent book, "Blood and Justice," He is an official rapporteur at Windsor Castle and private meetings at the House of Lords. He has a PhD in physiology and has held a range of post-doctoral research fellowships with The Wellcome Trust and British Heart Foundation. He also lectures in ethics.

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