Item description for Resistance: The Human Struggle against Infection by Norbert Gualde & Steven Rendall...
A North Carolina woman dies of a flesh-eating bacterial disease. Thousands of people in West Africa are suffering from cholera. And antibioticsare rapidly becoming less and less effective at fighting what were once mild infections. The biggest threat to the future of human society may not be terrorist attacks or nuclear war, but rather microscopic bacteria. Immunologist Norbert Gualde explains in Resistance the dangers we face from bacterial resistance, asserting that we must confront the reality awaiting us--the next fatal plague may occur sooner than we think.
Over the course of the twentieth century, incredible advances in medicine inspired a utopian belief among many that all common infectious diseases would eventually be eradicated. But Resistance shows that this dream is an impossible one. The book's riveting narrative reveals how new infectious agents and diseases are being discovered every day and how bacteria previously thought to have been destroyed are returning with a vengeance. Drawing upon the history of past epidemics, Gualde explores how new outbreaks might be predicted and controlled. He also investigates the potentially devastating social and political impact of such public health disasters, particularly in underdeveloped countries in the southern hemisphere. He ultimately argues that the constant interaction between man and microorganisms will inevitably catalyze future epidemics similar to the horrific ones of centuries past.
Global outbreak monitoring and medical research on the human body's immune system are beginning to produce effective strategies against bacterial resistance. But the most important weapon is awareness of the crisis, and this engrossing and brilliantly translated study will serve as a wake-up call for us all.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Nov 17, 2006
Publisher Dana Press
ISBN 1932594000 ISBN13 9781932594003
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More About Norbert Gualde & Steven Rendall
Norbert Gualde is professor of immunology at the University Victor Segalen of Bordeaux and directs an immunology laboratory at the Institut Bergonie Cancer Center of Bordeaux. Steven Rendall is a freelance translator currently living in France. He has translated more than thirty books from French and German.
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An intriguing study any college-level health student will want to ponder. Feb 8, 2007
Modern science has long searched for a way of eliminating infectious disease - but new diseases, new bacterial immunities to treatments, and new agents of delivery have thwarted these goals. Norbert Gualde reveals the process of controlling and predicting epidemic outbreaks, using the history of epidemics to chart the struggles of medicine against both new and old diseases. Two theories describe the emergence of infectious agents: Gualde forges a median path between them in suggesting interactions between man and micro-organisms will create epidemics on the same scale as past experience despite modern medicine's advancements. An intriguing study any college-level health student will want to ponder.