Tapeworms, Lice, and Prions: A compendium of unpleasant infections

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An extraordinary array of infectious agents affects humans; from worms, arthopods, and fungi to bacteria, viruses, and prions. In this compendium of the curious and fascinating organisms that cause disease, including Legionnaire's disease, mumps, CJD, and chlamydia, David I. Grove provides a lively, fact-filled account of the nature of each organism, their life cycle, the ingenious ways in which they infect humans, and the human stories behind their discovery.

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From tapeworms and lice to fungi and down to the viruses, we are surrounded by agents of infectious disease which can be caught from other people, animals, and the environment. The variety of such agents is enormous and their methods of infection often ingenious. Some have life cycles that also involve non-human hosts. The discovery of these agents of disease has involved luck and accident as well as dedication, even on occasion to the point of self-experimentation. David Ian Grove brings together here the stores of most the major infectious agents, describing their nature, how they were discovered, and the lives of their discoverers. The result is an enormously rich and highly readable compendium full of fascinating accounts of the discoveries that have profoundly altered medicine over the past two centuries.
We have come a long way, but surprises have come even very recently, with the discovery of the rogue proteins known as prions, which are infectious agents that are not living and do not even contain DNA or RNA, unlike viruses. And antibiotic resistance is proving an urgent problem. As the arms race continues against rapidly evolving viruses and bacteria, the stories of our battles with infectious diseases are far from over.

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When Lieutenant Forbes Tulloch of the Royal Army Medical Corps accidentally cut his hand on a knife contaminated from a patient with sleeping sickness, he knew he was doomed. Tulloch was among the many investigators struggling to find the source of the disease and the method of infection. The agents behind infectious diseases have often taken many years to identify, and the stories of their discovery involve bravery, dedication, professional rivalry, sheer luck, and what would ow be considered dubious ethical practices, such as deliberately infecting condemned prisoners. Some scientists even experimented on themselves.
Humans are prey to attack by a whole range of organisms, from viruses and bacteria to fungi and small parasitic animals. Here, David Ian Grove assembles the stories of most of these agents of disease, right up to the recently isolated proteins known as prions, with accounts of their curious lives and the often dramatic stories of their discovery. Together they represent a great swather of the history of medicine that has profoundly changed our lives.

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