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Beasts of the Earth: Animals, Humans, and Disease / Edition 1
     

Beasts of the Earth: Animals, Humans, and Disease / Edition 1

by E. Fuller Torrey, Robert H. Yolken
 

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ISBN-10: 0813535719

ISBN-13: 9780813535715

Pub. Date: 02/28/2005

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

In this slim volume, Torrey (Stanley Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland) and Yolken (director, Stanley Laborator of Developmental Neurovirology, pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) have written a history for the non-specialist that tells of the long connection between animal-carried diseases and humans, including salmonella, H5N1 bird flu, Lyme

Overview

In this slim volume, Torrey (Stanley Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland) and Yolken (director, Stanley Laborator of Developmental Neurovirology, pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) have written a history for the non-specialist that tells of the long connection between animal-carried diseases and humans, including salmonella, H5N1 bird flu, Lyme disease, and the plague. Filled with disturbing facts and statistics, the account includes descriptions of each illness, its origins, various strains, mortality rate, recent outbreaks, and risky behavior or practice that make the disease viable. The reader will come away with a clear notion of the risks of owning exotic pets, the importance of good hygiene, and the potential for disease implicit in the current practices of animal husbandry and food preparation. A glossary is included. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813535715
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments  ix
Introduction  xi
 1 The Smallest Passengers on Noah’s Ark  1
 2 Heirloom Infections: Microbes before the Advent of Humans  14
 3 Humans as Hunters: Animal Origins of Bioterrorism  23
 4 Humans as Farmers: Microbes Move into the Home  33
 5 Humans as Villagers: Microbes in the Promised Land  48
 6 Humans as Traders: Microbes Get Passports  56
 7 Humans as Pet Keepers: Microbes Move into the Bedroom  68
 8 Humans as Diners: Mad Cows and Sane Chickens  97
 9 Microbes from the Modern Food Chain: Lessons from SARS, In?uenza, and Bird Flu  112
10 The Coming Plagues: Lessons from AIDS, West Nile Virus, and Lyme Disease  124
11 A Four-footed View of History  139
Notes  145
Glossary  171
Appendix  173
Index  175

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