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Oldstone presents a vivid history of a fascinating field, focusing on the most famous viruses humanity has battled: smallpox, polio, measles, yellow fever, and the new, unconquered strains of Ebola, Hantavirus, mad cow disease, and AIDS. 56 illustrations.
Michael B. A. Oldstone is a Member (Professor) at the Scripps Research Institute, where he directs a laboratory of viral immunobiology. He is currently a member of the World Health Organization steering committee concerned with the eradication of measles and poliovirus, an editor of the journal Virology, and the recipient of numerous scientific honors. He was also Scientific Counselor for the intramural program of the Allergy and Infectious Disease Unit of the National Institute of Health and was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Table of Contents
Part One Viruses, Plagues, and History
A General Introduction
Introduction to the Principles of Virology
Introduction to the Principles of Immunology
Part Two Success Stories
Part Three Present and Future Challenges
An Overview of Newly Emerging Viral Plagues: The Hemorrhagic Fevers
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection---``AIDS, the Current Plague''
Mad Cow Disease and Englishmen: Spongiform Encephalopathies---Virus or Prion Disease?