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The threat from infectious diseases has increased with globalization. Throughout the history of mankind, epidemics have eradicated whole regions, started the migration of peoples and decided wars. They continue to leave their mark on societies, as well as influencing politics and economies. The New Plagues: Pandemics and Poverty in a Globalized World explores the strategies of microbes in conjunction with the economic impact of epidemics. In particular, it looks at the conflict between rich and poor with regard to outbreaks, and introduces possible strategies for containment.
1 Introduction 1
2 The invaders 4
3 The defenders 14
4 Coexistence of mankind and microbe 35
5 More than a body count : the major infectious diseases 67
6 Antimicrobials 161
7 Self-defense : immunization 174
8 Poverty and infectious diseases from a global point of view 186
9 Swimming against the tide 218
10 Hot spots for old and new epidemics 238
11 Five to or five past twelve? 266
Posted July 30, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in communicable diseases, immunology and how the present day world has effected the transmission and world wide spread of human pathogens. This book was written by one of the top immunologist in the world in a language that everyone can easily understand no matter what their background. From bacterial disease to viruses to autoimmune disorders, this book covers all aspects of infections and how the current and future globalization of our planet affects our immune system and overall health. With the spread of seasonal flu each year and the emerging threats of avian and swine flu along with the current threats of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and dengue fever, this book is a must read for anyone interested in strategies on how to contain and change the future impact of pathogens in our world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.