Viruses: The Invisible Enemy

Viruses

The Invisible Enemy
 
Edition number: 2
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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ISBN13:9780192845030
ISBN10:0192845039
Binding:Paperback
No. of pages:272 pages
Size:196x129x12 mm
Weight:250 g
Language:English
Illustrations: 39 black and white images
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Short description:

Humans have long faced an invisible enemy in the form of deadly viruses, and the COVID-19 pandemic shows what devastation they can wreak. As we face the prospect of more such viruses emerging, this major new edition of Dorothy Crawford's work explains the nature of viruses, how they cause disease, and how modern science is learning to counter them.

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For all our hubris, humans can be felled rapidly by an invisible enemy - viruses.

All around us are minute entities that can damage and kill: the millions of viruses that pervade the natural world. Our bodies harbour many that we have long tolerated, but a new one, that jumps into humans from another species, can be lethal - as we have seen most recently with the virus responsible for COVID-19. But what are viruses, how do they cause disease, and how can we fight them?

In Viruses: The Invisible Enemy, a brand new edition of her classic work, virologist Dorothy Crawford explores these questions. She takes the reader on a journey through the past to show how, as the human race evolved from hunter gatherer to farmer to our present urban, industrialised society, viruses have taken advantage of each lifestyle change to promote their own survival.

We have acquired many new viruses along the way, some spreading globally and causing killer diseases. But now, in the 21st century, as humans increasingly encroach into and exploit the natural world, the rate of emergence of novel viruses is accelerating. Already we've had a flu pandemic, large epidemics from SARS, Ebola and Zika viruses, and most devastating of all, SARS-CoV-2, which swept around the world in 2020-21, causing the COVID-19 pandemic. The response of scientists has been rapid, producing vaccines in record time. But we can expect more such challenges in the future. This book discusses why and how SARS-CoV-2 and other killer viruses emerged, and how we can win the battle against such an enemy.

I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding general aspects of modern virology in a clear and delightful manner.
Table of Contents:
Introduction
Bugs, Germs, and Microbes
New viruses or old adversaries in new guises?
Coughs and sneezes spread diseases
Unlike love, Herpes is forever
Viruses and Cancer
Searching for a cure