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The Coming Plague : Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance - Laurie Garrett

The Coming Plague

Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance

Paperback Published: 1st October 1995
ISBN: 9780140250916
Number Of Pages: 768
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Unpurified drinking water. Improper use of antibiotics. Local warfare. Massive refugee migration. Changing social and environmental conditions around the world have fostered the spread of new and potentially devastating viruses and diseases—HIV, Lassa, Ebola, and others. Laurie Garrett takes you on a fifty-year journey through the world's battles with microbes and examines the worldwide conditions that have culminated in recurrent outbreaks of newly discovered diseases, epidemics of diseases migrating to new areas, and mutated old diseases that are no longer curable. She argues that it is not too late to take action to prevent the further onslaught of viruses and microbes, and offers possible solutions for a healthier future.

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The miracle of antibiotics may appear to have defeated the threat to humans from infectious diseases but, argues Garrett, they are set for an exciting comeback. New and lethal viruses such as HIV have emerged while the more traditional pathogens have devised ways to become resistant to the assault of modern medicine. This is gripping - and chilling - material. Garrett's account of the sudden appearance of the Ebola virus in central Africa in the mid-1970s could have come straight from the pages of a novel by Joseph Conrad. (Kirkus UK)

Introductionp. 3
Machupo: Bolivian Hemorrhagic Feverp. 13
Health Transition: The Age of Optimism - Setting Out to Eradicate Diseasep. 30
Monkey Kidneys and the Ebbing Tides: Marburg Virus, Yellow Fever, and the Brazilian Meningitis Epidemicp. 53
Into the Woods: Lassa Feverp. 71
Yambuku: Ebolap. 100
The American Bicentennial: Swine Flu and Legionnaires' Diseasep. 153
N'zara: Lassa, Ebola, and the Developing World's Economic and Social Policiesp. 192
Revolution: Genetic Engineering and the Discovery of Oncogenesp. 222
Microbe Magnets: Urban Centers of Diseasep. 234
Distant Thunder: Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Injecting Drug Usersp. 260
Hatari: Vinidogodogo (Danger: A Very Little Thing): The Origins of AIDSp. 281
Feminine Hygiene (As Debated, Mostly, by Men): Toxic Shock Syndromep. 390
The Revenge of the Germs, or Just Keep Inventing New Drugs: Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Viruses, and Parasitesp. 411
Thirdworldization: The Interactions of Poverty, Poor Housing, and Social Despair with Diseasep. 457
All in Good Haste: Hantaviruses in Americap. 528
Nature and Homo sapiens: Seal Plague, Cholera, Global Warming, Biodiversity, and the Microbial Soupp. 550
Searching for Solutions: Preparedness, Surveillance, and the New Understandingp. 592
Afterwordp. 621
Notesp. 623
Acknowledgmentsp. 729
Indexp. 731
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780140250916
ISBN-10: 0140250913
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 768
Published: 1st October 1995
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Type: New edition

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