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Killer germs : rogue diseases of the twenty-first century
Moore, Pete, 1962-
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London : Carlton Books, [2001]

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224 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Contemporary complacency -- Lessons from history -- Bacteria and antibiotics -- Antibiotic resistance -- Dead disease -- AIDS -- And then you dissolve -- The viral good guys -- PR is for prions -- The mighty mosquito -- Engineering armageddon -- The risk of recesison.
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We are in a race against time to manage infectious diseases before they manage us. We are playing a dangerous game - the emergent bugs that develop and thrive in poor countries are just as capable of thriving in a wealthy society. To ignore the plight of the third world is to ignore the possibility that the developed world could be the next target of a hemorrhagic fever such as Ebola. The over-use of antibiotics has rendered some of them practically useless, as bacteria evolve to become ever-more resistant. And common, highly infectious viruses such as flu continue to mutate into more virulent and deadly strains.

Author Notes

Dr Pete Moore, BSc, PhD, is an honorary fellow of Trinity College Bristol. He has worked on scientific committees with Members of Parliament, members of the House of Lords and the National Health Service. An award-winning writer, Pete has contributed to the Guardian, The Lancet, New Scientist, Brain.Com and BioMedNet

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Moore provides the facts we should know, rather than the ones we want to hear, about infectious diseases. In the U.S. between 1980 and 1992, deaths from infectious diseases rose 50 percent, and during the past 20 years, 30 new infectious diseases have been identified. This is no scare piece, though. Moore's statements are documented; even when discussing, say, bacteriophages, he is clear and compelling; and he includes just enough history to make the important investigators and their methods come alive. Major current problems he identifies include many having to do with antibiotics: they are overused (hence growing bacterial resistance to them); misused in animal feeds and elsewhere; and underused by patients, who stop taking them as soon as they feel better. They should be available only by prescription, Moore insists. Equally sobering are Moore's descriptions of Ebola, malaria, and plague, which instruct as they bring us face to face with the revolting and dangerous aspects of those diseases. Moore also offers practical advice. One of the best recent books on its subject. --William Beatty

Table of Contents

1 Contemporary Complacencyp. 7
2 Lessons from Historyp. 28
3 Bacteria and Antibioticsp. 46
4 Antibiotic Resistancep. 70
5 Dead Diseasep. 101
6 AIDSp. 120
7 ...And Then You Dissolvep. 140
8 The Viral Good Guysp. 151
9 PR Is for Prionsp. 161
10 The Mighty Mosquitop. 175
11 Engineering Armageddonp. 193
12 The Risk of Recessionp. 209
Indexp. 218
Bibliographyp. 223
Acknowledgementsp. 224