Viruses, Plagues, and History: Past, Present and Future Revised and Updated Edition

Paperback | November 16, 2009

byMichael B. A. Oldstone

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The story of viruses and humanity is a story of fear and ignorance, of grief and heartbreak, and of great bravery and sacrifice. Michael Oldstone tells all these stories as he illuminates the history of the devastating diseases that have tormented humanity, focusing mostly on the most famousviruses. Oldstone begins with smallpox, polio, and measles. Nearly 300 million people were killed by smallpox in this century alone and the author presents a vivid account of the long campaign to eradicate this lethal killer. Oldstone then describes the fascinating viruses that have captured headlines inmore recent years: Ebola, Hantavirus, mad cow disease (a frightening illness made worse by government mishandling and secrecy), and, of course, AIDS. And he tells us of the many scientists watching and waiting even now for the next great plague, monitoring influenza strains to see whether the deadlyvariant from 1918--a viral strain that killed over 20 million people in 1918-1919--will make a comeback. For this revised edition, Oldstone includes discussions of new viruses like SARS, bird flu, virally caused cancers, chronic wasting disease, and West Nile, and will fully update the original textwith new findings on particular viruses. Viruses, Plagues, and History paints a sweeping portrait of humanity's long-standing conflict with our unseen viral enemies. Oldstone's book is a vivid history of a fascinating field, and a highly reliable dispatch from an eminent researcher on the front line of this ongoing campaign.

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The story of viruses and humanity is a story of fear and ignorance, of grief and heartbreak, and of great bravery and sacrifice. Michael Oldstone tells all these stories as he illuminates the history of the devastating diseases that have tormented humanity, focusing mostly on the most famousviruses. Oldstone begins with smallpox, polio...

Michael B. A. Oldstone is Professor and Head of the Viral-Immunobiology Laboratory at The Scripps Research Institute. A leader in the field, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors and has served or serves on several national and international committees charged with understanding, treating and eliminating viral diseas...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.1 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:November 16, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part One: Viruses, Plagues, and History1. A General Introduction2. Introduction to the Principles of Virology3. Introduction to the Principles of ImmunologyPart Two: Success Stories4. Smallpox5. Yellow Fever6. Measles Virus7. PoliomyelitisPart Three: Present and Future Challenges8. An Overview of Newly Emerging Viral Plagues: The Hemorrhagic Fevers9. Lassa Fever10. Ebola11. Hantavirus12. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): The First Pandemic of the 21st Century13. West Nile Virus: Deaths of Crows and Humans14. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): AIDS, the Current Plague15. Mad Cow Disease and Englishmen: Spongiform Encephalopathies--Prion or Virus Disease?16. Influenza Virus, the Plague that May Return17. Conclusions and Future PredictionsCaptionsReferencesIndex

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