The New Plagues: Pandemics and Poverty in a Globalized World

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Overview

The threat of infectious diseases has increased with globalization, and through history epidemics have eradicated whole regions, started vast migrations, and decided wars. This book looks at the conflict between rich and poor societies with regard to where outbreaks might occur and introduces possible strategies for containment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906598136
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: The Sustainability Project Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefan H. E. Kaufmann is Professor for Microbiology and Immunology as well as founding director of the Max-Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin.

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Table of Contents

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

Glossary 288

References 301

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2009

    A great book for everyone!

    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.

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