Understanding Viruses 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0763729325
ISBN-10: 0763729329
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 639 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 1 edition (March 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763729329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763729325
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Erik Barton on May 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am an assistant professor and teach virology to juniors and seniors at a large Midwestern state university. I just completed a semester using this book as the text for a class of 70 students. I adopted the text sight-unseen because I was impressed with the organization of the text: it deals with basic molecular biology and cell biology of viruses first, followed by clinical aspects of viral disease and pathogenesis, and concluding with several chapters dedicated to important viral pathogens. This arrangement is, in my opinion, the best way to organize an introductory survey of the field of virology and is the way I teach my course. So I assumed the text would be a good fit for my course.

However, I was sorely disappointed by the quality of this text. It needs significant revision and editing before it can be usable.

Specific problems with this text:

1) it is absolutely riddled with typographical errors, including subject-verb disagreements, non sequitur sentences, and entire sentences out of place in several instances. Most chapters have dozens of such errors. Several figures are missing entirely or are mislabeled in the text.

2) it contains occasional factual errors in the text and figures. For example, in the chapter on viral immunology, cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) are referred to as a "nonspecific" defense in one of the figures (7-12). CTLs are the paradigm for adaptive, highly-specific immune cells. In the herpesvirus chapter, the author states that herpesviruses infect "virtually all species of vertebrates and invertebrates." This is absolutely incorrect: herpesviruses infect all vertebrates, with a single invertebrate host having been reported (a bivalve).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RedNewt on November 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
Although the content and material presented is very well done, the publication leaves something to be desired. The softcover is very very flimsy, made of light paper stock, making the book itself seem very fragile. In addition, the font size is very large inside, which takes up much more space and paper than necessary, contributing to the unnecessary weight of the relatively fragile text book.

I hope this isn't how all text books are published nowadays; it would not stand up to the rigors of a student hauling it around to their classes.

None of these comments reflects on the author, nor the content, only the publication itself.
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By Shaleen on November 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a senior in college, I have read my fair share of textbooks! This book is refreshing for many reasons. It's filled with interesting illustrations that complement the material quite well. The information is not dry or boring, but reads more like a book I would read on my own time- not just one I have to read for a class. The information is broken down really well and gives the reader a great foundation in virology.... it also devotes some time to reviewing some molecular biology for those students who may need a refresher... the author did a wonderful job at making sure the book was written at the right comprehension level for students --- it's easy to understand without being elementary.
The book is very well organized and has suggestions for videos, books, and articles that relate to each chapter. I learned a great deal from the book and really enjoyed it.
Overall, I highly recommend this book... both for the classroom as well as for anyone who is interested in learning more about viruses.
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By J. Paschal on September 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is well written. The chapters do seem a little out of order, but our professor just reordered our reading material for us. I enjoyed the book tremendously! Helped with my tests!
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Format: Paperback
The layout and ease of use of this book is outstanding. Modern cases and a modern style make this a must have textbook!
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