In today's world the use of pathogens as biological weapons has become a startling reality. Terrorist attacks with anthrax and sarin gas have already claimed lives in America and in Japan, while the growing threat of smallpox presents the world with a foe that has resurfaced. Over thirty years ago, U.S. Surgeon General William Stewart declared that it was "time to close the book on infectious disease." But the enemy, and the power of natural selection, continues to be underestimated. The truth is that the advancement of biological science combined with the easing of global travel has opened the door for diseases to be spread as quickly as they are identified.
In UNDERSTANDING GERM WARFARE, you'll learn how germs invade the body and how the immune system fights them; how germs spread and can become resistant to new antibiotics that are developed; and what science is doing to combat the germs that are becoming more dangerous by the day. It features articles by noted scientists including William A. Haseltine, chairman of Human Genome Sciences, Inc.; Randolph M. Nesse and George C. Williams, coauthors of Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine; and Stuart B. Levy, the director of the Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance at Tufts University School of Medicine.
This collection also contains a foreword by Dr. Jack Brown, microbiologist and author of Don't Touch That Doorknob: How Germs Can Zap You and How You Can Zap Them Back.
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Grand Central Publishing
November 30, 2002
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