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"In a clear, engaging style, Dr. Walters tells the tale of each disease like a detective story. He allows each mystery to unfold as it did in reality, often slowly, through the lives of the plants and animals involved, the first human victims, the government officials who tried to respond, and the scientists who ultimately explained what was happening." -NEW YORK TIMES<BR> ..."a fascinating work of ecological journalism, utterly convincing in its argument: that our health and the health of the environment are intimately linked, and we overlook that link at our peril." -MICHAEL POLLAN, AUTHOR OF SECOND NATURE AND THE BOTANY OF DESIRE<BR> "Mark Jerome Walters weaves a fine thread of human disturbances through the quilt work of modern pandemics. After being drawn engagingly into the explosive symptoms of global environmental change, readers will come to understand that we have no choice but to make peace with nature." -PAUL R. EPSTEIN, M.D., M.P.H., CENTER FOR HEALTH AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT, HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL<BR> West Nile Virus — Mad Cow Disease — HIV/AIDS — Hantavirus — Lyme Disease ... and a new strain of Salmonella. Such modern epidemics have emerged over the past few decades as mysterious, yet significant risks to human health. These "plagues" are forcing us to modify our lifestyles in ways that minimize our chances of becoming a statistic in the latest tally of the afflicted.In Six Modern Plagues, Mark Jerome Walters offers us the first book for the general reader that connects these emerging health risks and their ecological origins. Drawing on new research, interviews, and his own investigations, Mark Jerome Walters weaves together a compelling argument: that changeshumans have made to the environment, from warming the climate to clearing the forests, have contributed to, if not caused a rising tide of diseases that are afflicting humans and many other species.<BR> According to Mark Jerome Walters, humans are not always innocent bystande

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Coining the word "ecodemics" to illustrate the links between epidemics of disease and larger processes of human mediated environmental change, Walters (journalism, U. of South Florida St. Petersburg) argues that human activities have been responsible for the exacerbation and even appearance of such diseases as Mad Cow Disease, AIDS, West Nile Virus, and Lyme Disease. Using a journalistic and anecdotal style, he describes the ecological factors that lead to the spread of disease, for example arguing that deforestation has lessened predator species that hunted deer and mice, animals that carry the ticks that spread Lyme Disease. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Mark Jerome Walters is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. He has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard Medical School and an associate at Harvard's Center for Health and the Global Environment. His education includes degrees in veterinary medicine and journalism.

Table of Contents

Mad cow disease — HIV/AIDS (aka Marilyn and Amandine) — Salmonella: a deadly new strain — Lyme disease — Hantavirus (aka A Spring to Die For) — A virus from the Nile.

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lmcsears, July 27, 2006 (view all comments by lmcsears)
This book is very awesome in the fact that it really makes you think about whats really going on with our food and environment. It almost makes you cautious to the air that we breathe.
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Walters, Mark Jerome
Shearwater Books
Washington, D.C.
Environmental Science
Human ecology
Communicable diseases
Environmental health
Infectious Diseases
Diseases - Contagious
Environmentally induced diseases
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Health and Medicine-Illnesses
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September 2003
8.25 x 5.5 in

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