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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.
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 Tables||p. vii|
|How It All Began||p. 9|
|Our Microbial Inheritance||p. 29|
|Microbes Jump Species||p. 54|
|Crowds, Filth and Poverty||p. 82|
|Microbes Go Global||p. 112|
|Famine and Devastation||p. 139|
|Deadly Companions Revealed||p. 161|
|The Fight Back||p. 184|
|Conclusion: Living Together||p. 211|
|Notes and References||p. 228|
|Further Reading||p. 238|
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