Resistance: The Human Struggle Against Infection by Norbert GualdeResistance: The Human Struggle Against Infection by Norbert Gualde

Resistance: The Human Struggle Against Infection

byNorbert GualdeTranslated bySteven Rendall

Hardcover | November 17, 2006

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A North Carolina woman dies of a flesh-eating bacterial disease. Thousands of people in West Africa are suffering from cholera. And antibiotics are rapidly becoming less and less effective at fighting what were once mild infections. The biggest threat to the future of human society may not be terrorist attacks or nuclear war, but rather microscopic bacteria. Immunologist Norbert Gualde explains in Resistance the dangers we face from bacterial resistance, asserting that we must confront the reality awaiting us--the next fatal plague may occur sooner than we think. 

Over the course of the twentieth century, incredible advances in medicine inspired a utopian belief among many that all common infectious diseases would eventually be eradicated. But Resistance shows that this dream is an impossible one. The book’s riveting narrative reveals how new infectious agents and diseases are being discovered every day and how bacteria previously thought to have been destroyed are returning with a vengeance. Drawing upon the history of past epidemics, Gualde explores how new outbreaks might be predicted and controlled. He also investigates the potentially devastating social and political impact of such public health disasters, particularly in underdeveloped countries in the southern hemisphere. He ultimately argues that the constant interaction between man and microorganisms will inevitably catalyze future epidemics similar to the horrific ones of centuries past.

Global outbreak monitoring and medical research on the human body’s immune system are beginning to produce effective strategies against bacterial resistance. But the most important weapon is awareness of the crisis, and this engrossing and brilliantly translated study will serve as a wake-up call for us all.

Norbert Gualde is professor of immunology at the University Victor Segalen of Bordeaux and directs an immunology laboratory at the Institut Bergonie Cancer Center of Bordeaux. Steven Rendall is a freelance translator currently living in France. He has translated more than thirty books from French and German.  
Title:Resistance: The Human Struggle Against InfectionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:November 17, 2006Publisher:Dana PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1932594000

ISBN - 13:9781932594003

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Table of Contents

Histories of Epidemics: Relationships Between the Immunities of Populations and the Environment
The Emergence of New Diseases
The Return of Old Diseases and Persistent Diseases
The Immunity of Homo Sapiens: From the Individual to the Group, from Biology to Culture
Gaia or Chaos
Man is the Epidemic

Editorial Reviews

"Its translation from the French appears to be well done; concepts and theories are well described, and the book sparkles with the author's wit and intelligence. This is a must read for anyone in the professions of medicine, public health, and nursing."--Choice