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Infectious Disease (Scientific American Readers)

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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.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;
Infectious Disease collects thirty of the most exciting, innovative, and significant articles on communicable illness published inthe pages of ScientificAmerican 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 rotavirusand#8212;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 Earthand#8217;s atmosphere heats up. and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;
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

VIRAL INFECTIONS

and#160;and#160; Are Viruses Alive?

and#160;and#160; Luis P. Villarreal

and#160;and#160; New Hope for Defeating Rotavirus

and#160;and#160; Roger I. Glass

and#160;and#160;and#160;Capturing aand#160;Killer Flu Virus

and#160;and#160; Jeffrey K. Taubenberger, Ann H. Reid and Thomasand#160;G. Fanning

and#160;and#160; The Unmet Challenges of Hepatitis C

and#160;and#160; Adrianand#160;M. Di Bisceglie and Bruce R.and#160;Bacon

and#160;and#160; Hope in a Vial

and#160;and#160; Carol Ezzell

and#160;and#160; A New Assault on HIV

and#160;and#160; Gary Stix

and#160;and#160; A Cure forand#160;Rabies?

and#160;and#160; Rodney E. Willoughby, Jr.

and#160;and#160; Beyond Chicken Soup

and#160;and#160; William A. Haseltineand#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160;

INFECTIOUS DISEASE

and#160;and#160; The Bacteria behind Ulcers

and#160;and#160; Martin J. Blaser

and#160;and#160;

and#160;and#160; The Challenges of STDs

and#160;and#160; Philip E. Ross

and#160;and#160; Can Chlamydia Be Stopped?

and#160;and#160; David M. Ojcius, Toni Darville and Patrick M. Bavoil

and#160;and#160; Tackling Malaria

and#160;and#160; Claire Panosian Dunavan

and#160;and#160; Attacking Anthrax

and#160;and#160; John T. A. Young and R. John Collier

and#160;and#160; The Prion Diseases

and#160;and#160; Stanley B. Prusiner

and#160;and#160; Detecting Mad Cow Disease

and#160;and#160; Stanley B. Prusiner

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

and#160;and#160; Infectious Diseases and the Immune System

and#160;and#160; William E. Paul

and#160;and#160; Immunity's Early-Warning System

and#160;and#160; Luke A. J. O'Neill

and#160;and#160; The Long Arm of the Immune System

and#160;and#160; Jacques Banchereau

and#160;and#160; Intrigue at the Immune Synapse

and#160;and#160; Daniel M. Davis

and#160;and#160; Peacekeepers of the Immune System

and#160;and#160; Zoltan Fehervari and Simon Sakaguchi

and#160;and#160; New Predictors of Disease

and#160;and#160; Abner Louis Notkins

and#160;and#160; Taming Lupus

and#160;and#160; Moncef Zouali

GLOBAL MANAGEMENTand#160;AND TREATMENT ISSUES

and#160;and#160; Preparing for a Pandemic

and#160;and#160; W. Wayt Gibbs and Christine Soares

and#160;and#160; If Smallpox Strikes Portland...

and#160;and#160; Chris L. Barrett, Stephen G. Eubank and James P. Smith

and#160;and#160; Is Global Warming Harmful to Health?

and#160;and#160; Paul R. Epstein

and#160;and#160;and#160;The Challenge of Antibiotic Resistance

and#160;and#160; Stuart B. Levy

and#160;and#160; Behind Enemy Lines

and#160;and#160; K. C. Nicolaou and Christopher N. C. Boddy

and#160;and#160; An Antibiotic Resistance Fighter

and#160;and#160; Gary Stix

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226742649
Author:
University Of Chicago Press
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Other:
University Of Chicago
Manufactured by:
University of Chicago Press
Manufactured:
University of Chicago Press
Editor:
Scientific American
Author:
Scientific American
Author:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Microbiology
Subject:
Immune system
Subject:
Forensic Medicine
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Infectious Diseases
Subject:
Communicable diseases
Subject:
Bacterial infections.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Scientific American Readers
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
79 halftones
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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