Tapeworms, Lice, And Prions: A Compendium Of Unpleasant Infections
Tapeworms, Lice, and Prions: A compendium of unpleasant infections
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.
"All of us, from the most common to the most mighty, can get a ... thrill from this lovely book with its pleasingly macabre title... David Grove, a world expert in infectious diseases, is our host, and like many such doctors, a surprisingly jocular one. He reveres his little critters, but far more than that, he reveres the long line of medical heroes who have enabled us to take revenge on them... It is their stories ... that light up this book" - Helen Rumbelow, The Times, 8 March 2014
Humans might be the dominant species on the planet, but boy, how they are afflicted by a whole range of organisms from viruses and bacteria to fungi...