This is an excellent short history of viruses and infectious diseases that attack humans.
This book still is a very smooth read and definitely worth your time if you are interested in infectious diseases and their history.
Much of it's value is historical documentation of the great plagues of the world through the centuries.
This book is quite literally, along with Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, one of the most defining books I've ever read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rachel K
"Man and Microbes" is an excellent precursor for those interested in studying numerous diseases and plagues that have affected humans over time - and how these illnesses... Read morePublished 23 months ago by CLG
All readers should keep in mind that, as another reviewer noted, Arno Karlen is not an epidemiologist, biologist, or medical doctor. Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by Nugget
This is an excellent short history of viruses and infectious diseases that attack humans. Author Arno Karlen writes lucidly and with an economy that makes this book an easy and... Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by B. McEwan
In Chapter 1 alone...
1. Infected lumberjacks returning from South America brought yellow fever to their home cities. Read more
I enjoyed reading this book. It was well written. The author made it so interesting and educational that even if there are no colored pictures in it on every page, I still read the... Read morePublished on April 18, 2008 by MGH of Kodiak
Karlen's "Man and Microbes" is a good read, especially for the novice biology reader. I think everyone interested in the subjects of microbiology, medical history, and evolutionary... Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by T. Gale
"Man and Microbes" is a good title for this book. Over time, man's relationship with microbes has changed as human populations have grown, moved, changed from hunter-gatherer to... Read morePublished on June 15, 2006 by Sammy Madison
First and foremost, this book is an oustanding, fantastic introduction to the world of infectious diseases. Because of two factors, however, much informatoin is lost. Read morePublished on January 27, 2005 by L. Berk