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The Resource Yellow fever, black goddess : the coevolution of people and plagues, Christopher Wills

Yellow fever, black goddess : the coevolution of people and plagues, Christopher Wills

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Yellow fever, black goddess : the coevolution of people and plagues
Title
Yellow fever, black goddess
Title remainder
the coevolution of people and plagues
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Wills
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Yellow Fever, Black Goddess turns the tables on past accounts, focusing not on the microbe hunters but on the microbes themselves, putting these exotic life-forms at center stage, telling their story as they fight to live at the very edge of the possible. Humans acknowledge the existence of our planet's primitive coinhabitants only when they do their worst - emerging to strike down whole populations through rampaging epidemics. But in fact, the protozoa, bacteria, and
  • viruses that cause such diseases as yellow fever and cholera - which is symbolized by the black goddess - lead complex lives in their own right, struggling ever further out on their evolutionary limbs. In order to deal with these microbes we must understand the entire evolutionary environment in which they function - from tropical breeding grounds to the resistant temperate zones, from insect viruses to human plagues - and through this alone can we hope to control them
  • By giving these organisms their due in this remarkable account, Christopher Wills points the way toward gaining that mastery
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Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Yellow fever, black goddess : the coevolution of people and plagues, Christopher Wills
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"First published in the United Kingdom by HarperCollins Publishers under the title: Plagues : their origins, history, and future"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 304-317) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pt. 1. The Anatomy of Plagues. 1. The delicate balance between life and death. 2. The penumbra of disease. 3. The worst of times -- Pt. 2. Chief monster that has plagued the nations yet... 4. Four tales from the New Decameron. 5. Was the Indian plagued actually plague, and if not why not? -- Pt. 3. Naive and Cunning Diseases. 6. Cholera, the Black One. 7. A cleverer pathogen -- Pt. 4. The Challenge of the Temperate Zones. 8. An ague very violent. 9. Syphilis and the Faustian bargain -- Pt. 5. Plagues, Populations and the Biosphere. 10. AIDS and the future of plagues. 11. Safety in diversity. 12. Why so many diseases?
Control code
ocm34919719
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 324 pages
Isbn
9780201442359
Lccn
96023934
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34919719
  • (Sirsi) a570689
Label
Yellow fever, black goddess : the coevolution of people and plagues, Christopher Wills
Publication
Note
"First published in the United Kingdom by HarperCollins Publishers under the title: Plagues : their origins, history, and future"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 304-317) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pt. 1. The Anatomy of Plagues. 1. The delicate balance between life and death. 2. The penumbra of disease. 3. The worst of times -- Pt. 2. Chief monster that has plagued the nations yet... 4. Four tales from the New Decameron. 5. Was the Indian plagued actually plague, and if not why not? -- Pt. 3. Naive and Cunning Diseases. 6. Cholera, the Black One. 7. A cleverer pathogen -- Pt. 4. The Challenge of the Temperate Zones. 8. An ague very violent. 9. Syphilis and the Faustian bargain -- Pt. 5. Plagues, Populations and the Biosphere. 10. AIDS and the future of plagues. 11. Safety in diversity. 12. Why so many diseases?
Control code
ocm34919719
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 324 pages
Isbn
9780201442359
Lccn
96023934
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34919719
  • (Sirsi) a570689

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