Plague Time: The New Germ Theory of Disease / Edition 1

Plague Time: The New Germ Theory of Disease / Edition 1

by Paul Ewald
     
 

ISBN-10: 0385721846

ISBN-13: 9780385721844

Pub. Date: 01/08/2002

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

According to conventional wisdom, our genes and lifestyles are the most important causes of the most deadly ailments of our time. Conventional wisdom may be wrong. In this controversial book, the eminent biologist Paul W. Ewald offers some startling arguments:

-Germs appear to be at the root of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, many forms of

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Overview

According to conventional wisdom, our genes and lifestyles are the most important causes of the most deadly ailments of our time. Conventional wisdom may be wrong. In this controversial book, the eminent biologist Paul W. Ewald offers some startling arguments:

-Germs appear to be at the root of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, many forms of cancer, and other chronic diseases.
-The greatest threats to our health come not from sensational killers such as Ebola, West Nile virus, and super-virulent strains of influenza, but from agents that are already here causing long-term infections, which eventually lead to debilitation and death.
-The medical establishment has largely ignored the evidence that implicates these germs, to the detriment of our public health.
-New evolutionary theories are available, which explain how germs function and offer opportunities for controlling these modern plagues — if we are willing to listen to them.

Plague Time is an eye-opening exploration of the revolutionary new understanding of disease that may set the course of medical research for the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385721844
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/08/2002
Edition description:
FIRST EDITION
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,372,236
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Culprits ..... 1
1: The Virulence of Acute Infections ..... 9
2: The Long Fuse of Sexually Transmitted Diseases ..... 33
3: The Stealth of the Chronic ..... 43
4: The Magnificent Defense ..... 59
5: The Endless War ..... 71
6: Where Are They Coming From? ..... 83
7: Malignant Growths in Our Backyard ..... 93
8: Our Vulnerable Hearts and Minds ..... 107
9: Diseases of Blood and Steel ..... 127
10: Modern Miasmas ..... 149
11: Reverberations Across Society ..... 167
12: Biobombs ..... 177
13: The Protean Opponents ..... 195
14: Tools of Domestication ..... 213
15: The Prepared Mind ..... 227
Notes ..... 245
Glossary ..... 259
Suggestions for Further Reading ..... 269
Acknowledgments ..... 271
Index ..... 275

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