Page count: 302 pages
Category: from English
Original price: 1750 Ft
Nearly 300 million people were killed by smallpox over the course of the twentieth century. During the years 1918 and 1919, a deadly variant of the influenza strain claimed over 20 million lives. And today we face new viral threats: mad cow disease, the Hantavirus, and of course, AIDS. As Michael Oldstone illustrates here, the story of viruses and the story of humanity have overlapped since the dawn of history; the first cities formed not only the cradle of civilization, but spawing grounds for the earliest viral epidemics. In clear and engrossing prose, he explains the scientific principles of viruses and epidemics while also relating the past and present history of the major viral threats to human health. Now featuring an „Afternotes” section written especially for this paperback edition, Viruses, Plagues, and History gives us the full, fascinating panorama of our long-standing conflict with unseen viral enemies - from our successes, as with the eradication of poliomyelitis in the Americas, to our continuing struggles, as with Ebola in Zaire. „All educated people need to have some understanding of what viruses are and how we deal with them. This book provides us with a very timely and accessible account of the ways that these minute parasites have influenced civilization.”
Peter Doherty, 1996 Nobel Laureate in Medicine „From this account of how smallpox devastated native Indian populations, facilitating the Spanish conquest of Mexico and Peru, to his discussion of the effect of measles on Civil War troops, Oldstone makes a solid case ... His book is sprinkled with good anecdotes.”
The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Michael B. Oldtone is a Member (Professor) at The Scripps Research Institute, where he directs a laboratory of viral immunobiology. He is also a part the World Health Organization's steering committee concerned with the elimination of measles and polio, an editor of the Journal Virology, and the recipient of numerous scientific honors.