Six Modern Plagues: and How We Are Causing Them / Edition 1

Six Modern Plagues: and How We Are Causing Them / Edition 1

by Mark Jerome Walters
     
 

West Nile Virus.Mad Cow Disease.HIV/AIDS.Hantavirus.Lyme Disease. . .and a new strain of Salmonella -such modern epidemics have emerged over the past few decades as mysterious, yet significant risks to human health. These "plagues" are forcing us to modify our lifestyles in ways that minimize our chances of becoming a statistic in the latest tally of the afflicted.

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West Nile Virus.Mad Cow Disease.HIV/AIDS.Hantavirus.Lyme Disease. . .and a new strain of Salmonella -such modern epidemics have emerged over the past few decades as mysterious, yet significant risks to human health. These "plagues" are forcing us to modify our lifestyles in ways that minimize our chances of becoming a statistic in the latest tally of the afflicted. In Six Modern Plagues, Mark Jerome Walters offers us the first book for the general reader that connects these emerging health risks and their ecological origins. Drawing on new research, interviews, and his own investigations, Walters weaves together a compelling argument: that changes humans have made to the environment, from warming the climate to clearing the forests, have contributed to, if not caused a rising tide of diseases that are afflicting humans and many other species. According to Walters, humans are not always innocent bystanders to infectious disease. To the contrary, in the case of many modern epidemics, we are the instigators. This ground-breaking introduction to the connection between disease and environmental degradation should be read by all those interested in their health and the health of others.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559639927
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


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

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