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West Nile Story Paperback – January 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0970002716 ISBN-10: 0970002718

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Apple Trees Productions Llc (January 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970002718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970002716
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,139,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Especially enjoyable about the book is the subject of controlling mosquitoes... -- Canyon Wrenderings: The Journal of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Audubon Society ,Colorado.

Few scientists have the ability to entertain and educate the lay public. You clearly have the gift. -- W. Ian Lipkin, MD

West Nile Virus is here to stay; get your understanding of it here. -- Delaware Audubon Journal, May-June, 2001

About the Author

I am a professor of public health at Columbia University, and I have a Ph.D. degree in microbiology from the University of Notre Dame. I have been in my current position for 30 years. I teach and do research at the medical school and in the school of public health. I have written several books, including Parasitic Diseases, 4th ed.(published in 2000), and Parasite Life Cycles (published sometime ago and now out of print). I am the author of over 65 research papaers and 13 chapters in textbooks on parasitology and related fields.

More About the Author

For 38 years, I have taught at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Now, as a professor emeritus, I have more time to devote to three of my passions: fishing, cooking and sharing vertical farming with the world.

Vertical farming grew out of my Medical Ecology course, in which students link natural processes with living on earth, from the point of view of being human. Taking as a starting point the fact that humans exist as part of, not apart from, the complex systems comprising our Earth, Medical Ecology is intent on describing those natural processes that directly affect human well-being and exploring how we can improve our lot while still valuing nature qua nature.

Vertical farming is a response to many problems (outlined on www.verticalfarm.com) related to our interaction with the natural world. The first step, as my Medical Ecology students know, is to be aware of how the human world overlaps with the rest of nature. Once aware, we are then better able to avoid those situations which threaten man's well-being.

For me, it's not enough to eat organic veggies and a freshly-caught brook trout if the rest of the planet is still entrenched in using poorly-designed systems that despoil nature and run high human health risks. As far as I know, this is our only world, and we only get one shot at using it right. Vertical farming offers a way to integrate many of our most harmful systems--e.g. factory farming, municipal waste management, etc.--in a way that actually produces a positive effect on the health of us and our planet. It won't be easy, but humans are incredibly talented when we put our minds to something. Or better yet, a fortune cookie reminds me that a stronger appeal would aimed be elsewhere:

"Nothing is impossible to a willing heart."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
An excellent description of the search for the cause of the dead birds and sick people who appeared aropund New York in the summer of 1999. The author covers the disease biology, the impact of weather and human behaviour and the politics of public health in a witty and entertaining way. It is well worth being informed about this disease as it continues its spread across the USA. This book educates us in a way that is easily accessible to the non-expert. A most enjoyable read. Have fun with the chapter titles!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Fisher on March 8, 2001
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West Nile Story presents a wealth of information to both the non-scientist and scientist. Despommier has a fast-paced writing style that puts a very human face on the scientists involved. This avoids the typically dry, clinical and off-putting style of most science books. However, he doesn't 'dumb down' the information; it is accessible to both my high school students and myself, a Ph.D. in science. If your part of the country hasn't been hit by WNV, it probably soon will be - buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay Dubner on September 5, 2001
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As the West Nile Virus continues to spread, this book is the best publication out there that describes the virus in layman's terms. For high school science teachers, this would be an excellent way to introduce the West Nile Virus topic to your students.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred Zelt on July 13, 2003
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We purchased this book in Spring 2003, even though the book was published in 2001. West Nile Virus has spread across the United States and much has been learned since the book was published. The book is an interesting historical reference, but for more complete and up-to-date information look elsewhere. For example, the U.S. Center for Disease Control has a good website with current information.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By --- on July 8, 2005
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The first accurate information i was able to get my hands on right after leaving the hospital with West Nile Virus Meningoencephalitis-poliomyelitis in 2002...

Dr. Despommier provides the best historical, scientific, cultural, social, biological and viral information to date (2005)on West Nile Virus. His explanation of vectors, including mosquito species identification and theories of transmission are easily understood and provide great information for all levels of readers-younger, older, unfamiliar, academic, scientific or professional.

This book was the first one (to my knowledge) to accurately connect the crow migration with the spread of the virus across the North American continent--i tell everyone to read this book whenever i discuss surviving west nile virus---it has taken me 4 years to write this review--it took 18-24 months before i could say i feel OK, shed the walking stick, or even begin to recover and the sequella lingers on--and i'm one of the healthiest survivors i know--

people better believe that this virus is devastating--the virus and mosquitoes can attack anyone--and each individual responds differently--despite prior health conditions, age, race, etc--even now we see doctors realizing that those individuals with the "fever" version of the virus (said to last 7-10 days)--really end up suffering for months and sometimes years with lingering ailments and unexplained progressive health decline...

Finally, other scientists are engaging in serious research and are discovering a multitude of inaccuracies in their rhetoric, treatment and understanding of the virus--

Dr.
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