Six Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them / Edition 2

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Overview

Mad cow disease, HIV/AIDS, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Hantavirus, Salmonella DT104 -- these terrifying diseases have emerged in recent years, threatening human health and challenging medical authorities. They are also the diseases that Mark Jerome Walters brilliantly uses to spotlight the connections between new epidemics and human changes to the natural environment. Now with updated discussions of both SARS and bird flu, Six Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them not only reveals the fascinating human story behind each of these "eco-demics," but also hints at the steps that must be taken to slow their spread.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559637145
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 467,604
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Jerome Walters is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. He was recently a visiting lecturer at Harvard Medical School and an associate at Harvard's Center for Health and the Global Environment. His education includes degrees in veterinary medicine and journalism.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1. The Dark Side of Progress: Mad Cow Disease 19
2. A Chimp Called Amandine: HIV/AIDS 47
3. The Travels of Antibiotic Resistance: Salmonella DT104 63
4. Of Old Growth and Arthritis: Lyme Disease 89
5. A Spring to Die For: Hantavirus 113
6. A Virus from the Nile 127
Epilogue: SARS and Beyond 147
Notes 161
Acknowledgments 197
Index 203
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