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Discover the unseen assassins that plague humanity
Until recently, most of us went about our daily lives with a false sense of public health security. Epidemics were a thing of the past, the AIDS crisis had diminished, and an annual vaccination kept the flu at bay.
Then, in late 2001, all of those illusions of public health safety were suddenly shattered. A litany of terrifying images and events became all to familiar, from federal agents surreally swathed in biohazard suits to the daily evacuation of major government buildings for anthrax decontamination. The lethal power of microscopic organisms--no longer confined to the lab---permeated our collective psyches, forcing us to confront the serious threat posed by killer germs.
This updated edition of Barry and David Zimmerman's classic on the subject offers a riveting retrospective of the havoc-wreaking microbes of the past as well as an engrossing exploration of emerging threats, including a new chapter on bioterrorism. In these pages, you'll discover:
From the bygone bubonic plague to the modern nightmare of Ebola, Killer Germs offers a fascinating examination of the horrors humanity has faced and the actions required to provide hope for the future.
Barry Zimmerman and David Zimmerman are both science teachers and authors of Why Nothing Can Travel Faster Than Light . . . and Other Explorations in Nature's Curiosity Shop.
I found this to be Avery informative and interesting book about all kinds of germs. My only complaint is that it has not been updated since 2003, which is a pity based upon all of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by TV Lord
Excellent book! A must read for people interested in the subject.Published 3 months ago by Jason Sudbury
Killer book, very informative. Follows sequential major disease origins and brings them to light in a frightful, yet hopeful mannerPublished 11 months ago by John Wesolowski
Very good writing style. The Zimmerman Brothers (I'm Assuming) know how to write in such a way that you are never bored even in chapters that may not be of special interest to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Possum Purdy
I studied biology in college, and took elective courses in Virology and Parasitology, and am now in a microbiology PhD program. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ann