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- Print Length: 198 pages
- Publisher: Paul Dry Books (April 25, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 25, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CP6LRVX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
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Animal Viruses and Humans, a Narrow Divide: How Lethal Zoonotic Viruses Spill Over and Threaten Us Kindle Edition
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"A frighteningly fascinating reminder of just how closely connected human health and the planet’s ecosystems are."―Booklist
"Andiman gives you a front row seat in the ongoing battle between man and disease . . . Gripping stories, filled with details that are in equal part delicious and disgusting, but always fascinating."―Lisa Sanders, MD, author of Every Patient Tells a Story and the New York Times Magazine "Diagnosis" column
“Dr. Andiman was at the forefront of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in America, so he knows as well as anyone the disrupting power of new viruses and their impact on human societies.”―Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine
"Superb storytelling interwoven with history, virology, and public health."―Outbreak News Today--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Dr. Warren Andiman is Professor emeritus of pediatrics and epidemiology at the Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed his pediatric residency at Babies Hospital, part of the former Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. After serving a two-year stint as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he pursued a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the Yale School of Medicine and joined the faculty on which he served for forty-two years.
At the start of the AIDS epidemic Dr. Andiman, with his associates, created the Pediatric AIDS Care Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital and served as its medical director for thirty-two years. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, also a pediatrician. They have two daughters.
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Dr. Andiman, a physician-scientist with expertise in virology, provides an in depth but understandable look at the world of viruses with information on how they cause disease, evolve by undergoing mutation-driven changes that allow them to adapt to new environments and hosts, including spilling over from animals to humans. Dr. Andiman discusses how human behavior and environmental changes promote outbreaks and epidemics.
Despite my extensive knowledge of the subject, after reading the book, I began to look at the intersection of viruses, humans and the environment in a new integrated manner. I applaud Dr. Andiman for sharing his knowledge and insightful ideas in such an interesting manner that will appeal to academic and nonacademic audiences.
Andiman does an excellent job presenting different animals viruses that have crossed the barriers to infect us. He demonstrates how easily this is done. If you put together a list of all the viruses that come from animals that have the worst impact on humans beings...Andiman covers most of these in one form or another. Rabies is a killer of 100%, meaning without applying the vaccine (after the fact within 2 weeks) it kills 100% of the people with it. Rabies comes from bats and skunks, and dogs. HIV from bats and other primates. TB from cattle, we know COVID19 and SARS and MERS all come from either bats, birds, or civets (cat from China). The list goes on and on. The question right now, which Andiman also brings up in his book, is "when are humans going to learn?" When do we learn to respect nature enough to quit trying to misuse it's resources? If we don't learn, we will be responsible for killing off the entire race.
Very smart book. If you don't have any kind of a medical background it may seem like a slog even though I think Andiman writes well. But this is such an important book, that I will be recommending it to my students.
ANIMAL VIRUSES AND HUMANS is apparently meant for an audience of first-year medical students or epidemiologists.This book is definitely NOT for the layperson and the average reader. It is full of big medical terminology and is dry as cardboard. Instead of enjoying the read, I had to spend my time trying to understand it.
There is one saving grace chapter, and that is the one about rabies. Finally Andiman inserts some real cases to give it a personal feel. The chapter is interesting and even exciting.
But that is the only one. The rest of the book is more dull than I can express. Two stars for you and me, three stars for epidemiologists. There are better books about zoonosis out there.