The Invisible Enemy
A Natural History of Viruses
By (author) Dorothy H. Crawford
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Invisible Enemy by Dorothy H. Crawford
Book DescriptionViruses are disarmingly small and simple. None the less, the smallpox virus killed over 300 million people in the 20th century prior to its eradication in 1980. The AIDS virus, HIV, is now the single most common cause of death in Africa. In recent years, the outbreaks of several lethal viruses such as Ebola and hanta virus have caused great public concern. In her fascinating and vividly written book, Dorothy Crawford describes all aspects of the natural history of these deadly parasites, explaining how they differ from other microorganisms. She looks at the havoc viruses have caused in the past, where they have come from, and the detective work involved in uncovering them. Finally, she considers whether a new virus could potentially wipe out the human race. This is an informative and highly readable book, which will be read by all those seeking a deeper understanding of these minute but remarkably efficient killers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198564812
(196mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 21-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Dorothy H. Crawford
Ebola, Hardback (November 2016)
Ebola is a compelling account of the recent terrible epidemic which swept through West Africa. Why did it spread; what was the international response; what is the long-term impact; what lessons can be learned for the future? This book combines the latest scientific insights with personal accounts from medical workers.
Virus Hunt, Paperback (August 2015)
Virus Hunt is a tale of scientific endeavour. Tracing the fascinating twenty year quest to find the origin of the virus that causes AIDS, Dorothy H. Crawford takes us on a journey around the world, to recount the vital research that eventually unravelled how, when, and where the virus first infected humans.
Cancer Virus, Hardback (February 2014)
This is the story of the discovery of the first human cancer virus. Through intriguing accounts that include some remarkable characters and individual stories from around the globe - including the UK, Africa, USA, and China - it tells the story of the Epstein-Barr virus and the understanding of its connections to a variety of other diseases.
Viruses: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (July 2011)» View all books by Dorothy H. Crawford
From modern pandemics such as HIV, swine flu and SARS, to stories of vaccination and antiviral drugs, this Very Short Introduction charts man's struggle against viruses. Outlining their origins, structure, and method of infection, Dorothy Crawford explores the vast variety of viruses, asking if we can live in harmony with them in the future.
UK Kirkus Review » We feel relatively safe in our environment, since most of its dangers are both identifiable and avoidable. However, there's one potential, insidious killer none of us has any real control over: the virus. Most people are extremely ill-informed about viruses, but Professor Crawford aims to change that with this fascinating readable book. Viruses, says Crawford, are parasites, which have to penetrate living cells in order to survive. They are the smallest and simplest infectious agents identified to date, yet they can wreak havoc in complex and sophisticated organisms such as the human body. Of course, not all viruses kill. Those that do, however, have devastating effects. Before it was eradicated, the smallpox virus killed 300 million people in the last century alone. Since then , we have seen the spread of many differet and often fatal varieties of the influenza virus, Ebola, Dengue fever, Lassa fever, BSE and its associated human form CJD, and the human herpes virus, to name only a few. Probably the most terrifying of all is the AIDS virus, HIV, which has killed over 13 million people, male and female and infected a further 33 million (more than the population of Canada). Then there are countless numbers of less debilitating viruses, such as that which causes the common cold, and many that cause no illness at all. Crawford examines the nature of viruses and how they evolved, how they develop in the body, the various methods they use to survive in the host and how the host fights back. She discusses many specific diseases and viral infections in depth, such as HIV, influenza and chronic fatigue syndrome. She also looks at the future, with an attempt to answer the vital question as who will win this war between man and microbe? Review by SHELAGH BROWN (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Dorothy H. Crawford
Dorothy Crawford is Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Edinburgh.
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