Killer Germs: Microbes and Diseases That Threaten Humanity

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Killer Germs: Microbes and Diseases That Threaten Humanity

Format:  Paperback,

272 pages

Edition: Revised and Upd

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Publish Date: Sep 2002

ISBN-13: 9780071409261

ISBN-10: 0071409262

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Everything readers ever wanted to know about deadly viruses, killer parasites, flesh-eating microbes, and other lifethreatening beasties but were afraid to ask

What disease, known as "the White Death" has killed 2 billion people, and counting?

What fatal disease lurks undetected in air conditioners and shower heads, waiting to become airborne?

How lethal is the Ebola virus, and will there ever be a cure for it?

How do you catch flesh-eating bacteria?

"Killer Germs "takes readers on a fascinating (sometimes horrifying) journey into the amazing world of viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and worms and explores the roles they have played in shaping the course of human history. From biblical plagues, to the AIDS crisis, to supergerms of the future, this updated and revised edition of the original covers the whole gamut of diseases that have threatened humanity since its origins.

It also includes a new chapter on the history of bioterrorism and the deplorable role it has played and is likely to play in the phenomenal diversity of diseases.

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Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Publish Date: Sep 2002
ISBN-13: 9780071409261
ISBN-10: 0071409262
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.87
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Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Origin of Diseasep. 1
Extraterrestrial Originsp. 2
Spontaneous Generationp. 3
Evolution of Lifep. 4
Germs and Disease: A Brief Historyp. 7
Witchcraft, Retribution, and the Humor of It Allp. 7
Seeing the Invisiblep. 10
A Milkmaid's Talep. 12
Chance Favors the Prepared Mindp. 16
A Sheepish Situationp. 17
Mad Dogs and Frenchmenp. 18
Doctors of Deathp. 23
That Nasty Little Germanp. 27
Magic Bulletsp. 31
The First Chemotherapyp. 32
The First Antibioticp. 35
The First Wonder Drugp. 38
The Miracle Moldp. 41
A Miracle from the Soilp. 45
Back to the Futurep. 49
The White Deathp. 59
Captain of the Men of Deathp. 60
Winning the Battlep. 65
Losing the Warp. 74
New Kids on the Blockp. 81
Lyme Disease: Getting Ticked Offp. 82
The Flesh Eatersp. 89
Legionnaires' Disease: Opportunity Knocksp. 94
The Virusp. 101
The Discovery of Virusesp. 102
How Do Viruses Work?p. 103
Acute Viral Infectionsp. 106
Persistent Viral Infectionsp. 108
Our Immune System and Autoimmunityp. 111
Origin of Virusesp. 115
Viruses as Agents of Genetic Changep. 116
Beyond the Virus--the Prionp. 117
The Gathering Storm--Emerging Virusesp. 119
Emerging Virusesp. 121
Marburgp. 121
Ebolap. 124
Lassap. 127
Hantavirusp. 128
Denguep. 132
West Nile Virusp. 133
Why Viruses Emergep. 136
Common Viruses That Killp. 141
Influenzap. 141
The Swine Flu Scare of 1976p. 144
The ABCs of Hepatitisp. 146
Poliomyelitis (Infantile Paralysis)p. 153
Measlesp. 156
Parasites That Killp. 159
Protozoap. 160
Flatwormsp. 172
Roundwormsp. 175
Parasitic Fungi: A Fungus Among Usp. 181
AIDSp. 183
ANew Disease Emergesp. 183
Searching for the Causep. 186
Testing for AIDSp. 190
Anatomy of a Virusp. 193
Preventionp. 196
Treatmentp. 199
Where Did HIV Come From?p. 202
What Lies Ahead?p. 204
Bioterrorismp. 207
The Nationsp. 208
The Germsp. 219
Bioterrorism Todayp. 233
Conclusionp. 241
Bibliography and Suggested Readingsp. 247
Indexp. 265

Book description

Everything readers ever wanted to know about deadly viruses, killer parasites, flesh-eating microbes, and other lifethreatening beasties but were afraid to ask

What disease, known as "the White Death" has killed 2 billion people, and counting?

What fatal disease lurks undetected in air conditioners and shower heads, waiting to become airborne?

How lethal is the Ebola virus, and will there ever be a cure for it?

How do you catch flesh-eating bacteria?

Killer Germs takes readers on a fascinating (sometimes horrifying) journey into the amazing world of viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and worms and explores the roles they have played in shaping the course of human history. From biblical plagues, to the AIDS crisis, to supergerms of the future, this updated and revised edition of the original covers the whole gamut of diseases that have threatened humanity since its origins.

It also includes a new chapter on the history of bioterrorism and the deplorable role it has played and is likely to play in the phenomenal diversity of diseases.

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