Encyclopedia of Virology, 2nd Edition (3 Volume Set)

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9780122270307: Encyclopedia of Virology, 2nd Edition (3 Volume Set)

In recent years, progress in the field of virology has advanced at an unprecedented rate. Issues such as AIDS have brought the subject firmly into the public domain and its study is no longer confined solely to specialist groups. The Encyclopedia of Virology is the largest single reference source of current virological knowledge. It is also the first to bring together all aspects of the subject for a wide variety of readers. Unique in its use of concise 'mini-review' articles, the material covers biological, molecular, and medical topics concerning viruses in animals, plants, bacteria, and insects.

More general articles focus on the effects of viruses on the immune system, the role of viruses in disease, oncology, gene therapy, and evolution, plus a wide range of related topics.

Drawing on the latest research, the editors have produced the definitive source for both specialist and general readers. Easy-to-use and meticulously organized, the Encyclopedia of Virology clarifies and illuminates one of the most complex areas of contemporary study. It will prove an invaluable addition to libraries, universities, medical and nursing schools, and research institutions around the world.

The Second Edition has been thoroughly updated with approximately 40 new articles. This edition includes more illustrations and color plates in each volume.

  • Updated thoroughly with approximately 40 new articles
  • Presents more illustrations than the first edition, with color plates in each volume
  • Contains a complete subject index in each volume
  • Provides further reading lists at the end of each entry, allowing easy access to the primary literature
  • Extensive cross-referencing system links all related articles
  • Contains the most recent information of particular viruses described at the 7th International Committee on Taxonomy and Classification of Viruses
  • Provides the ability to search for entries alphabetically or via the taxonomical listings to access articles of different viruses

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Information about the Online Version:
Initial access to the innovative online version offering extensive hypertext linking and advanced search tools is included in the price. Ongoing access is maintained for a minimal annual fee.Librarians can register their institution's members. Visit the website to register for 48-hour guest access to sample one of our online encyclopedias. Printing out of material from the electronic version for use by members of institutions is allowed, although distributing it outside the institution is prohibited.

Praise for the First Edition:

"No other source that I am aware of allows the reader to look up, in alphabetical organization, virtually any virus of animals, plants, or bacteria." (American Society For Microbiology News)

"For a long time there has been a gap in the virological literature...the Encyclopedia of Virology aims to fill this gap and does so admirably." (The Times Higher Education Supplement)

"I consider this encyclopedia to be a valuable addition to my own virology library. I believe the readership which will most benefit by this work includes basic scientists in virology and microbiology. If clinicians, students, and others need access to this information, they will find it on the shelves of libraries which choose to house this compilation, and I hope that many libraries will make that choice." (Harley A. Rotbart, University of Colorado School of Medicine, in ASM News)

"Recent advances in virological research have been extraordinary, but the finding of new strains has also kept abreast of them. In June, 1993, a new strain of hantaviru was uncovered in the four-corners area of the U.S. (14 states were found to have had cases in the latest count), leading virologists to scramble to isolate the virus. This was accomplished in November of the same year, when it was found in the excreta of deer mice. This and many other virus results are reported in the just-published Encyclopedia of Virology. Over 250 articles examine all phases of animal, insect, plant, and bacteriophage viruses....The Encyclopedia of Virology is recommended for reference departments of academic, medical, and corporate libraries." (Medical Libraries Discussion Group On Internet)

"...The Encyclopedia would be a valuable addition to the reference libraries of medical schools, veterinary schools, graduate schools, and hospitals." (New England Journal Of Medicine)

"This major overview of the field of virology seems to have no precedent. This is a reference book for any library that serves the basic or clinical science..." (Elizabeth A. Wood in Medical Reference Services Quarterly)

"The Encyclopedia exhibits thoughtful, convenient organization." (Choice)

About the Author:

Dr. Allan Granoff carried out virology research for over 36 years, first at the Public Health Research Institute of New York and then at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he was also Chairman of the Department of Virology & Molecular Biology for 26 years. In 1988, he stepped down from the Chair to devote full-time as Deputy Director of the institution. Since July 1992, he has served as the interim Director of St. Jude. Dr. Granoff is highly published in the areas of influenza virus, paramyxovirus, herpesvirus, and iridovirus research. He has also served on national and international advisory committees and on a number of editorial boards.

Dr. Robert Webster has worked in the field of Virology for over 30 years, first in New Zealand and then at the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Australia. He has spent the past 25 years at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the Department of Virology & Molecular Biology. In addition to his position as Chairman at St. Jude, Dr. Webster is Director of the U.S. Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization dealing with the ecology of animal influenza viruses. He has served on numerous national and international advisory boards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society. Dr. Webster has published extensively on influenza in areas covering the origin of pandemic strains, genetic variation, structure and function of virus and, in conjunction with Graeme Laver, was responsible for the development of influenza subunit vaccines.

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