By Wayne Biddle
From the ravages of the Ebola virus in Zaire to outbreaks of pneumonic plague in India and drug-resistant TB in big apple urban, contagious illnesses are battling again opposed to once-unconquerable smooth drugs. Public main issue approximately infectious sickness is at the upward thrust as newspapers trumpet the arrivals of recent germs and the reemergence of outdated ones.
In A box advisor to Germs, Pulitzer Prize-winning technology author Wayne Biddle brings readers nose to nose with approximately 100 of the best-known (in phrases of incidence, strength, old significance, or maybe literary curiosity) of the myriad pathogens that dwell in and round the human inhabitants. besides actual descriptions of the organisms and the afflictions they reason, the writer offers folklore, philosophy, historical past, and such illustrations as 19th century drawings of plague-induced panic, microscopic images of HIV and Ebola, and wartime posters caution servicemen opposed to syphilis and gonorrhea.
From cholera to chlamydia, TB to HIV, bubonic plague to Lyme illness, rabies to Congo-Crimean encephalitis, anthrax to Zika fever, and again to strong outdated rhinitis (the universal cold), A box advisor to Germs is either a convenient reference paintings to raised comprehend today's headlines and a desirable examine the outstanding influence of micro-organisms on social and political history.
Winner of the yank scientific Writers Association's Walter C. Alvarez Honor Award.
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A Field Guide to Germs (Revised and Updated Edition) by Wayne Biddle