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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.     
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

VIRAL INFECTIONS

   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

   Carol Ezzell

   A New Assault on HIV

   Gary Stix

   A Cure for Rabies?

   Rodney E. Willoughby, Jr.

   Beyond Chicken Soup

   William A. Haseltine 

   

INFECTIOUS DISEASE

   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

   Tackling Malaria

   Claire Panosian Dunavan

   Attacking Anthrax

   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

   Jacques Banchereau

   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

   Taming Lupus

   Moncef Zouali

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

   Gary Stix

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226742649
Author:
University Of Chicago Press
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
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University Of Chicago
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University of Chicago Press
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University of Chicago Press
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Scientific American
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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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