National geographic field guide to the birds of north america continues to be the most sought-after, the most authoritative, and the easiest to access field guide to birds on the market. now in its 4th edition, revisions include 250 updated range maps, and new classification information national geographic is reissuing the field guide to the birds of north america in the 4th edition, focusing on its accuracy and easy use in the field. this is the ultimate birders field guide - sturdy, easy to carry and use, and featuring the
In 1918 the great flu epidemic killed an estimated 40 million people virtually overnight. if such a plague returned today, taking a comparable percentage of the u.s. population with it, 1.5 million americans would die.the fascinating, true story of the world's deadliest disease.in 1918, the great flu epidemic felled the young and healthy virtually overnight. an estimated forty million people died as the epidemic raged. children were left orphaned and families were devastated. as many american soldiers were killed by the 1918 flu as were killed in battle during world
Ebola, lassa fever, aids--few natural disasters inspire such utter panic as a rampaging virus. in this gripping, true account of the war against worldwide epidemics, one of medicine's frontline generals, dr. joseph mccormick, developer of the cdc's legendary hot zone, chronicles his decades as a virus hunter, working to combat the virus as predator. 16-pages of photos.
An international bestseller, translated into eighteen languages, paul de kruif’s classic account of the first scientists to see and learn about the microscopic world continues to fascinate new readers. this is a timeless dramatization of the scientists, bacteriologists, doctors, and medical technicians who discovered the microbes and invented the vaccines to counter them. de kruif writes about how seemingly simple but really fundamental discovers of science—for instance, how a microbe was first viewed in a clear drop of rain water, and when, for the first time, louis pasteur discovered that
This stunningly illustrated book provides a rare window into the amazing, varied, and often beautiful world of viruses. contrary to popular belief, not all viruses are bad for you. in fact, several are beneficial to their hosts, and many are crucial to the health of our planet. virus offers an unprecedented look at 101 incredible microbes that infect all branches of life on earth--from humans and other animals to insects, plants, fungi, and bacteria.featuring hundreds of breathtaking color images throughout, this guide begins with a lively and informative introduction to
Unpurified drinking water. improper use of antibiotics. local warfare. massive refugee migration. changing social and environmental conditions around the world have fostered the spread of new and potentially devastating viruses and diseases—hiv, lassa, ebola, and others. laurie garrett takes you on a fifty-year journey through the world's battles with microbes and examines the worldwide conditions that have culminated in recurrent outbreaks of newly discovered diseases, epidemics of diseases migrating to new areas, and mutated old diseases that are no longer curable. she argues that it is not too late to
In the war against diseases, they are the special forces. they always keep a bag packed. they seldom have more than twenty-four hours' notice before they are dispatched. the phone calls that tell them to head to the airport, sometimes in the middle of the night, may give them no more information than the country they are traveling to and the epidemic they will tackle when they get there.the universal human instinct is to run from an outbreak of disease. these doctors run toward it.they are the disease detective corps
Ebola, sars, hendra, aids, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit these diseases all originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. in this gripping account, david quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge and asks the terrifying question: what might the next big one be?
Viruses are the smallest living things known to science, yet they hold the entire planet in their sway. we are most familiar with the viruses that give us colds or the flu, but viruses also cause a vast range of other diseases, including one disorder that makes people sprout branch-like growths as if they were trees. viruses have been a part of our lives for so long, in fact, that we are actually part virus: the human genome contains more dna from viruses than our own genes. meanwhile, scientists are
Anthrax. smallpox. incurable and horrifying ebola-related fevers. for two decades, while a fearful world prepared for nuclear winter, an elite team of russian bioweaponeers began to till a new killing field: a bleak tract sown with powerful seeds of mass destruction—by doctors who had committed themselves to creating a biological armageddon. biohazard is the never-before-told story of russia’s darkest, deadliest, and most closely guarded cold war secret. no one knows more about russia’s astounding experiments with biowarfare than ken alibek. now the mastermind behind russia’s germ warfare effort reveals two
In january 1918, as world war i raged on, a new and terrifying virus began to spread across the globe. in three successive waves, from 1918 to 1919, influenza killed more than 50 million people. german soldiers termed it blitzkatarrh, british soldiers referred to it as flanders grippe, but world-wide, the pandemic gained the notorious title of “spanish flu." nowhere on earth escaped: the united states recorded 550,000 deaths (five times its total military fatalities in the war), while european deaths totaled more than two million.amid the war, some governments