9780199561445

Deadly Companions How Microbes Shaped Our History

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  • ISBN13:

    9780199561445

  • ISBN10:

    0199561443

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/15/2009
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

They were here long before us. But the advent of human beings, with our complex culture, our domestication of animals, our huddling together into towns and cities, our wars and well-plied trade routes, have given some microbes whole new opportunities and lifestyles which for us have proved deadly. The results have included malaria, bubonic plague, AIDs, and bird flu. The diseases spread by microbes have decimated populations and profoundly shaped human history, while our behaviour has in turn altered theirs. Book jacket.

Author Biography


Dorothy Crawford is Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, where she is also Assistant Principal for the Public Understanding of Medicine. She was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to medicine and higher education.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
How It All Beganp. 9
Our Microbial Inheritancep. 29
Microbes Jump Speciesp. 54
Crowds, Filth and Povertyp. 82
Microbes Go Globalp. 112
Famine and Devastationp. 139
Deadly Companions Revealedp. 161
The Fight Backp. 184
Conclusion: Living Togetherp. 211
Glossaryp. 216
Notes and Referencesp. 228
Further Readingp. 238
Indexp. 241
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