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Infectious Disease (Scientific American Readers)by University Of Chicago Press
Synopses & Reviews
The international public health scare that resulted last year when a man infected with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis flew overseas from the United States and back illustrates both the fear and the potential impact of highly infectious diseases in a global age. At a time when scientists warn of the potential for an influenza epidemic to rival the deadly outbreak of 1919 and newspapers feature alarming headlines about incidences of mad cow disease, infectious disease will be a critical area of concern and scientific study in the twenty-first century.
Infectious Disease collects thirty of the most exciting, innovative, and significant articles on communicable illness published in the pages of Scientific American magazine since 1993. With sections devoted to viral infections, infectious disease, the immune system, and global management and treatment issues, Infectious Disease provides general readers and students with an excellent overview of recent research in the field. Roger I. Glass discusses a potential vaccine for the rotavirus—a leading cause of severe childhood diarrhea world wide and frequent killer of young children in developing nations. Jeffery K. Taubenberger and colleagues investigate the virulent strain of influenza that killed up to 40 million people in 1919 to suggest treatments and recommend preventative measures. And Paul R. Epstein looks into whether global warming could be harmful to our health, untangling research that suggests that many diseases will flourish as Earths atmosphere heats up.
The prominence of disease in the ecology and evolution of human society has spurred investment in research and technology development, and, as a consequence, the topic is much discussed in the general and scientific media. Infectious Disease is the essential sourcebook for anyone looking for the solid science and compelling narrative behind the stories that make headlines.
About the Author
Scientific American, the premier general-interest science magazine, reports the most important developments in modern science, medicine, and technology to more than three million readers worldwide. The oldest continuously published magazine in the United States, it has been at the forefront of science for more than 150 years. The Scientific American Readers Evolution and Oceans are also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Table of Contents
Evolution and the Origins of Disease
Are Viruses Alive?
Luis P. Villarreal
New Hope for Defeating Rotavirus
Roger I. Glass
Capturing a Killer Flu Virus
Jeffrey K. Taubenberger, Ann H. Reid and Thomas G. Fanning
The Unmet Challenges of Hepatitis C
Adrian M. Di Bisceglie and Bruce R. Bacon
Hope in a Vial
A New Assault on HIV
A Cure for Rabies?
Rodney E. Willoughby, Jr.
Beyond Chicken Soup
William A. Haseltine
The Bacteria behind Ulcers
Martin J. Blaser
The Challenges of STDs
Philip E. Ross
Can Chlamydia Be Stopped?
David M. Ojcius, Toni Darville and Patrick M. Bavoil
Claire Panosian Dunavan
John T. A. Young and R. John Collier
The Prion Diseases
Stanley B. Prusiner
Detecting Mad Cow Disease
Stanley B. Prusiner
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Infectious Diseases and the Immune System
William E. Paul
Immunity's Early-Warning System
Luke A. J. O'Neill
The Long Arm of the Immune System
Intrigue at the Immune Synapse
Daniel M. Davis
Peacekeepers of the Immune System
Zoltan Fehervari and Simon Sakaguchi
New Predictors of Disease
Abner Louis Notkins
GLOBAL MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT ISSUES
Preparing for a Pandemic
W. Wayt Gibbs and Christine Soares
If Smallpox Strikes Portland...
Chris L. Barrett, Stephen G. Eubank and James P. Smith
Is Global Warming Harmful to Health?
Paul R. Epstein
The Challenge of Antibiotic Resistance
Stuart B. Levy
Behind Enemy Lines
K. C. Nicolaou and Christopher N. C. Boddy
An Antibiotic Resistance Fighter
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