Man and Microbes by Arno Karlen

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Respected science writer Arno Karlen presents a dramatic panorama of the natural history of disease. Drawing on case studies and tales of medical detection, he uncovers the ills of ancient hunter-gatherers, exposes the origins of modern urban epidemics, and probes the most recent medical reports of mysterious new diseases.
 

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Arno Karlen, Ph.D., a pschoanalyst, has written widely on history and biomedical science. He is the author of Napoleon's Glands and Other Ventures in Biohistory and Man and Microbes: Diseases and Plauges in History and Modern Times. He lives in New York City.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published April 19, 1995 by Tarcher. 266 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, History, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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Karlen (Threesomes, 1988, etc.) begins by pointing to the emergence in recent years of a host of new diseases: not just AIDS and Lyme disease, but such terrible (though as yet rare) scourges as the Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fevers and hantaviruses.

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Covering cholera, leprosy, cancer, AIDS, viral encephalitis, lethal Ebola fever, streptococcal ``flesh-eating'' infections and a host of other killers, he shows how the present wave of diseases arose with drastic environmental change, wars, acceleration of travel, the breakdown of public health m...

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