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Evolution of Infectious Disease

By: Paul W Ewald

298 pages, Figs, tabs

Oxford University Press USA

Paperback | Jan 1997 | #67065 | ISBN: 0195111397
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Hardback | Mar 1994 | #28880 | ISBN: 019506058X
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The author brings a Darwinian perspective to the study of infectious disease. He argues that disease-producing bacteria and viruses are parasites, and explains the history of disease as a host-parasite relationship, one which can evolve in many different ways and with radically different effects on the host population.


1. Why this book?; 2. Symptomatic Treatment (or How to Bind the The Origin of Species to The Physician's Desk Reference; 3. Vectors, Vertical Transmission, and the Evolution of Virulence; 4. How to be Severe Without Vectors; 5. When Water Moves Like a Mosquito; 6. Attendant-Borne Transmission (or How are Doctors and Nurses like Mosquitos, Machetes, and Moving Water?); 7. War and Disease; 8. AIDS: Where Did it Come from and Where is it Going?; 9. The Fight against AIDS: Biomedical Strategies and HIV's Evolutionary Responses; 10. A Look Backward ..; 11. ... and a Glimpse Forward (Or Who Needs Darwin?); GLOSSARY; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX

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