Yellow Fever, Black Goddess: The Coevolution of People and Plagues / Edition 1

Yellow Fever, Black Goddess: The Coevolution of People and Plagues / Edition 1

by Christopher Wills
     
 

ISBN-10: 0201328186

ISBN-13: 9780201328189

Pub. Date: 08/28/1997

Publisher: Basic Books


In this remarkable account, evolutionary biologist Christopher Wills takes us on a voyage of discovery through the exotic pasts of the viruses and bacteria that periodically emerge with such disastrous results for our species. It is our knowledge of their secret lives, the eons spent quietly passing in and out of myriad other life forms, mutating and coadapting,…  See more details below

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In this remarkable account, evolutionary biologist Christopher Wills takes us on a voyage of discovery through the exotic pasts of the viruses and bacteria that periodically emerge with such disastrous results for our species. It is our knowledge of their secret lives, the eons spent quietly passing in and out of myriad other life forms, mutating and coadapting, that gives us hope of taming them. By putting these organisms—from bubonic plague to Ebola—at center-stage, Wills shows how we will eventually master them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201328189
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1340L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresix
Author's Notexi
PART ONE: The Anatomy of Plagues1
1 The delicate balance between life and death3
2 The penumbra of disease29
3 The worst of times37
PART TWO: Chief monster that has plagued the nations yet51
4 Four tales from the New Decameron53
5 Was the Indian plague actually plague, and if not why not?90
PART THREE: Naive and Cunning Diseases103
6 Cholera, the Black One105
7 A cleverer pathogen131
PART FOUR : The Challenge of the Temperate Zones147
8 An ague very violent149
9 Syphilis and the Faustian bargain186
PART FIVE: Plagues, Populations and the Biosphere213
10 AIDS and the future of plagues215
11 Safety indiversity254
12 Why so many diseases?272
Glossary295
End Notes304
Index318

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