- Series: Invisible Invaders (Book 1)
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Little Brown & Co (P) (March 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316732176
- ISBN-13: 978-0316732178
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,409,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Invisible Invaders: Viruses and the Scientists Who Pursue Them
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was around for centuries, before we developed the technology to "see" the virus with a high-powered microscope.
This book chronicles the history of mankind's "discovery" of the world of viruses, from the time Edward Jenner developed the smallpox vaccine till the present. The
drama unfolds as we get to know the scientists responsible for the discoveries, and their efforts to produce successful vaccines against some of the plagues of the
day: Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Smallpox, Rabies, Polio, the Common Cold, AIDS, Epstein-Barr, Influenza, Hepatitis, Herpes, and Cancer are the featured
One of the most interesting things I learned was how a person who gets hepatitis, is at an increased risk for developing other liver problems, like cirrhosis and liver
cancer. The recent death of Allen Ginsberg is a poignant demonstration of this. Equally intreguing are the connections between Epstein-Barr, CFS, Burkitt's
lymphoma, mononucleosis, and nasopharyngeal carcinoma; according to researchers: "the Epstein-Barr virus is the foremost candidate for being the first known
human cancer virus."
It is a fascinating and educational story.