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Author Oldstone, Michael B. A.

Title Viruses, plagues, and history / Michael B.A. Oldstone
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998
(2000 [printing])


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Description xi, 227 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents Introduction -- Virology -- Immunology -- Success stories -- Smallpox -- Yellow fever -- Measles virus -- Poliomyelitis -- Present and future challenges -- Newly emerging viral plagues -- The Hemorrahgic fevers -- Lassa fever -- Ebola -- Hantavirus -- HIV infection -- AIDS -- Mad cow disease -- Spongiform encephalopathies -- Influenza virus -- Conclusions and future predictions
Summary And it is a story of great bravery and sacrifice, as doctors and nurses put themselves in harm's way to combat yellow fever in Memphis and Ebola in Zaire, and as researchers risk their own lives to test theories of vaccines and the transmission of disease. Now, in Viruses, Plagues, and History, Michael B. A. Oldstone tells all these stories as he illuminates the history of the devastating diseases that have tormented humanity. Oldstone focuses his tale on a few of the most famous viruses humanity has battled, beginning with some we have effectively defeated, such as smallpox, polio, and measles
The story of viruses and the story of humanity have been intertwined since the dawn of history. The first small cities formed not only the cradle of civilization but the spawning ground for the earliest viral epidemics, the first opportunity for viruses to find a home in the human herd. This is a story of fear and ignorance, as everything from demons and the wrath of the gods to minority groups has been blamed for epidemics from smallpox to yellow fever to AIDS. It is a story of grief and heartbreak, as hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions, are wiped out in a single year
Notes First published as a paperback, 2000
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Epidemics -- History.
Prion diseases.
Virus diseases -- History.
Virus Diseases -- history.
LC no. 97009545
ISBN 0195117239
Other Titles Viruses, plagues, & history