Deadly outbreaks : how medical detectives save lives threatened by killer pandemics, exotic viruses, and drug-resistant parasites / Alexandra M. Levitt ; foreword by Donald R. Hopkins.

Levitt, Alexandra M. [Browse]
New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2013.
xvii, 222 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.


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Despite advances in health care, infectious microbes continue to be a formidable adversary to scientists and doctors. Vaccines and antibiotics, the mainstays of modern medicine, have not been able to conquer infectious microbes because of their amazing ability to adapt, evolve, and spread to new places. Terrorism aside, one of the greatest dangers from infectious disease we face today is from a massive outbreak of drug-resistant microbes. Deadly Outbreaks recounts the scientific adventures of a special group of intrepid individuals who investigate these outbreaks around the world and figure out how to stop them. Part homicide detective, part physician, these medical investigators must view the problem from every angle, exhausting every possible source of contamination. Any data gathered in the field must be stripped of human sorrows and carefully analyzed into hard statistics. -- Jacket.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. [197]-222).
Dead crows falling from the sky -- The McConnon strain -- Sorrow and statistics -- Obsession or inspiration -- Dangerous desserts -- The red mist -- A normal spring -- Epilogue -- Where are they now? -- Chapter notes.
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