Little Book of Pandemics: 50 of the World's Most Virulent Plagues and Infectious Diseases

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As the world waits once again to see if the latest virus will decimate the population, The Little Black of Pandemics looks at the greatest natural killers of all time.

This concise and intelligent look at the most deadly viral and bacterial diseases includes expert opinion on likely future outbreaks, method of contagion, identification of systems, and likelihood of survival.

Includes influenza, smallpox, West Nile virus, AIDS, Ebola, SARS, plague, typhus, cholera, tuberculosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, leprosy, meningitis, vCJD, hepatitis, yellow fever, Lassa fever, and many more.

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Dr. Peter Moore is the author of many books on medicine and science, among them the award-winning Superbugs/Killer Germs, now in its third edition. Recipient of the Medical Journalists' Association Award for excellence in medical journalist, Dr. Moore is also an Honorary Fellow and visiting lecturer in ethics at Trinity College Bristol, a Member of the Physiological Society, and was the Chairman of the Medical Journalists' Association, a Member of the NHS Health Technology Assessment Programme—Expert Advisory Network, and Post-doctoral Research Fellow and Honorary Fellowship in the Department of Physiology, University College London.

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Adult/High School—Moore answers questions about Ebola-including where it came from and what would happen if terrorists acquired the virus-and 49 other diseases. They are grouped by means of transmission and include headline grabbers such as SARS, avian flu, and anthrax, as well as conditions considered relatively mild in Western countries, such as measles and chicken pox. Basic information is provided in two to four pages and illustrated with a map of where the disease is active, a drawing of the human body showing the areas affected, and bar graphs indicating how infectious and severe the disease is, its fatality rate, and how dangerous it would be as a bioweapon. Owen's companion volume has a similar format, with brief narratives of 50 crimes, mostly murders, and an emphasis on explaining the methods by which the cases were solved by forensic science, including fingerprints, bite marks, fabric analysis, and computer records. Many of the accounts are illustrated with drawings or photographs. Teens interested in forensics and true crime will avidly devour Owen's work.—Sandy Schmitz, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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