Irwin W. Sherman The Power of Plagues

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The Power of Plagues

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A fascinating examination of epidemic diseases within a historical context.
· Describes the nature and evolution of diseases.
· Explains how scientists discovered the causes of infectious diseases and outlines how controls were developed.
· Examines the interrelationship between plagues and culture and details the ways this shaped the traditions and institutions of Western civilization.
· Highlights current epidemics such as AIDS, cholera, tuberculosis, influenza, West Nile virus, mad cow disease, and others.
· Addresses the public’s curiosity with outbreaks and diseases of public health concern.

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Irwin W. Sherman, Professor Emeritus at the University of California (Riverside), is a Visiting Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Diego. His laboratory research centered on the biochemistry of malaria parasites and resulted in more than 150 scholarly papers. Dr. Sherman wrote Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World, also published by ASM Press, and several books that share his expertise in malaria prevention and treatment.

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