The strange new disease SARS erupted apparently out of nowhere and has spread at an astonishing rate. Scary as SARS itself is, the disease is also a warning of many possible such outbreaks to come. Featuring the disturbing story of SARS—where it came from, what it is, and how to protect yourself from it—as well as those of many other recently evolved deadly scourges, The NThe strange new disease SARS erupted apparently out of nowhere and has spread at an astonishing rate. Scary as SARS itself is, the disease is also a warning of many possible such outbreaks to come. Featuring the disturbing story of SARS—where it came from, what it is, and how to protect yourself from it—as well as those of many other recently evolved deadly scourges, The New Killer Diseases is a shocking call to arms. All around us—in our homes, workplaces, and public spaces—bacteria and viruses are evolving at a feverish rate, and our best defenses against them are in danger of being overwhelmed. The threat posed by emerging infectious diseases is as formidable as any challenge the human race has ever faced, and the evolutionary scales may be tipping in favor of the microbes.In The New Killer Diseases, a respected immunologist and a veteran science author introduce the vital facts the public must know about the astonishing range of killer microbes we are up against. From the SARS and West Nile viruses to mad cow and Ebola, thirty new deadly diseases have arisen since the 1970s, and twenty old scourges, such as plague and cholera, are reemerging. But the FDA only recently approved the first new type of antibiotic in thirty-four years, and vaccines for many of the most lethal viruses are a long way from development. In addition, researchers have only lately discovered that bacteria have been swapping resistance genes—genes that help them evade the drugs meant to kill them—and are evolving new mechanisms to fight off even our best drugs at a startling pace.Featuring many remarkable stories of people who have contracted bizarre new afflictions, including that of the doctor who first diagnosed SARS and then died from it, The New Killer Diseases empowers readers by revealing in a gripping, detailed fashion the way these new diseases manifest themselves, the symptoms to watch out for, and how to get a correct diagnosis in time. The book also goes to the front lines of the war being waged by researchers and medical professionals across the country, profiling the pioneers who are leading the fight and introducing the latest scientific developments, from new genetic techniques to promising drug programs, which may allow us to beat back the microbe menace.The New Killer Diseases arms us with the knowledge to protect ourselves and our families, leaving us alert and fully informed about the troubling extent of the formidable threat we face....
|Title||:||The New Killer Diseases: How the Alarming Evolution of Mutant Germs Threatens Us All|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
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The New Killer Diseases: How the Alarming Evolution of Mutant Germs Threatens Us All Reviews
A well-researched, well-written book, 'The New Killer Diseases' does an excellent job of explaining the bacterial, viral, and prion threats we are up against--or were, as of the book's publication in 2003--in plain English. My only 'criticism' of 'The New Killer Diseases' is that, thirteen years on from publication, advances in medicine and happenings in world events have made some of what's in the book incorrect and/or dated, respectively. There is a herpes vaccine now, for example, where there wasn't one at the time the book was published, and the text reflects that. One thing that has not changed, and has only grown worse, is the prevalence of drug-resistant bacteria, and the reasons for the increase are the reasons the resistant bacteria gained a foothold in the first place: overprescription of antibiotics by doctors, people stopping antibiotics before finishing the full course, and over/misuse of antibacterial products. Within the last two or three days, the FDA banned almost twenty antibacterial chemicals used in common products (the companies have a year to remove the chemicals from the products or to stop selling the products), and they've asked companies for proof of effectiveness and safety about three more, so, hopefully, that will have a positive impact on drug-resistance.
Excellent book, absolutely packed full of the latest information on drug-resistant pathogens, including MRSA, Tuberculosis, E-coli 057, Influenza and many others. Dr. Levy, an immunologist and associate professor of microbiology, passes on her knowledge of disease, how it mutates and attacks the human body, and what needs to be done to fight against each one. Essential reading for anyone wanting a brief on all the most pertinent pathogens and the current treatments available. Although Dr. Levy gets a little stuck on vaccinations as the best treatment, the rest of the information is worth sifting through the extra. I would certainly recommend this book if you want clear, specific knowledge on mutant diseases and drug-resistant bacteria/viruses.
A well written book sounding the alarms. Though outdated, the concerns of 2003, epoch of SARS, are still relevant today. I am shocked at how little has changed. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa, MERS in Saudi Arabia, Plague in Madagascar and listeria in prepackaged caramel apples; the microbe menace is alive and well.
This book is a scary, cautionary novel. This had to be one of the scariest books I have ever read because of how real it is. The book explores the virtual explosion of mutant diseases in the world. The book explains that it is only the beginning of the diseases...
SARS, mad cow, E-coli...Bacteria/viruses resisting our drugs. Changes need to be mad to prevent further catastrophes from occurring.
Very entertaining! Reading this book definitely emphasizes and reminds us of the importance of washing your hands. I'm going to read the next one soon.