The New Killer Diseases: How the Alarming Evolution of Germs Threatens Us All (Paperback)

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The New Killer Diseases: How the Alarming Evolution of Germs Threatens Us All (Paperback)


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Protect yourself and your family from the threat of emerging diseases with a detailed, gripping exploration of the dangerous microbes we’re up against, from a respected immunologist and veteran science author—with a new Epilogue by the authors

“[Levy and Fischetti] excel at describing the sleuthing and science that helped to break the code on emerging infections.”—Los Angeles Times

All around us—in our homes, workplaces, and public spaces—bacteria and viruses are evolving at a feverish rate, and our best defenses against them are in danger of being overwhelmed. The threat posed by an emerging outbreak is as formidable as any challenge the human race has ever faced, and the evolutionary scales may be tipping in favor of the microbes.
From mad cow disease and Asian bird flu to SARS, West Nile virus, and Ebola, more than thirty new diseases have arisen since the 1970s; and old scourges, from plague to tuberculosis, have reemerged in more dangerous forms. But how imminent, really, is the danger?

Through riveting patient information and a behind-the-scenes tour of the health care system, Levy and Fischetti reveal:
• How we’ve managed to contain certain epidemics, while allowing others to rage out of control
• Why the demand for vaccines too often exceeds the supply, and why it took the FDA thirty-four years to approve the first new class of antibiotics since 1965.
• How new infectious diseases manifest themselves, symptoms to watch for, and how to get a correct diagnosis in time
• The latest scientific developments, from new genetic techniques to promising drug programs that might allow us to beat back the microbe menace.
The New Killer Diseases will leave you fully informed about the true extent of the threat we face and what you can do to help minimize risk of a pandemic.
ELINOR LEVY, Ph.D., is an immunologist and associate professor of microbiology at Boston University and the Boston Medical Center. She has conducted research on HIV and on immune responses in healthy individuals.

MARK FISCHETTI is a contributing editor to Scientific American magazine and a veteran science writer.
Product Details ISBN: 9781400052752
ISBN-10: 1400052750
Publisher: Crown
Publication Date: August 24th, 2004
Pages: 368
Language: English
“A well-researched overview of scary diseases.”Popular Science

“Public health is in large measure public awareness. The New Killer Diseases is a clarion call for vigilance in our ongoing Darwinian struggle with pathogens. Clearly stated, admirably argued, measured in its conclusion, this book is timely and compelling.” —Alfred Tauber, M.D., director, Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University
“Comprehensive . . . in-depth . . . accessible . . . This book should be required reading.”Toronto Globe and Mail
“Fast-paced science reporting . . . part detective story and part thriller.”Publishers Weekly