Bad Bugs and Virus Hunters
Learn more about diseases and epidemics of the past - and the science behind our path forward into a safer future.
An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793
Murphy, Jim, 1947-
The Barbary plague : the Black Death in Victorian San Francisco
Chase, Marilyn, 1949-
Black Death at the Golden Gate : the race to save America from the bubonic plague
Randall, David K.
Deadliest enemy : our war against killer germs
Osterholm, Michael T., author
Infectious disease has the terrifying power to disrupt everyday life on a global scale, overwhelming public and private resources and bringing trade and transportation to a halt. In today's world, it's easier than ever to move people, animals, and materials around the planet, but the same advances that make modern infrastructure so efficient have made epidemics and even pandemics nearly inevitable. So what can -- and must -- we do in order to protect ourselves? Drawing on the latest medical science, case studies, and policy research, Deadliest enemy explores the resources and programs we need to develop if we are to keep ourselves safe from infectious disease.-- Source other tha Library of Congress
Flu : the story of the great influenza pandemic of 1918 and the search for the virus that caused it
Kolata, Gina Bari, 1948-
Tale of the mysterious killer of millions in the 1918 Great Flu Epidemic.
Get well soon : history's worst plagues and the heroes who fought them
Wright, Jennifer Ashley, 1986- author
A witty, irreverent tour of history's worst plagues--from the Antonine Plague to leprosy to polio--and a celebration of the heroes who fought them. Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the diseases history and circumstance have dropped on them. Some of their responses to these outbreaks are, in hindsight, almost too strange to believe.
Ghost map : the story of London's deadliest epidemic-- and how it changed science, cities and the modern world
Johnson, Steven, 1968-
The great influenza : the epic story of the deadliest plague in history
Barry, John M., 1947-
The great mortality : an intimate history of the Black Death, the most devastating plague of all time
Kelly, John, 1945-
Modern Epidemics From the Spanish Flu to COVID-19.
A specialist in the cellular biology of diseases, Salvador Macip explains, in a language everyone can understand, what it means to share the planet with millions of microbes - some wonderful allies, others terrible foes.
The next pandemic : on the front lines against humankind's gravest dangers
Khan, Ali, MD, author
On pandemics : deadly diseases from bubonic plague to coronavirus
Waltner-Toews, David, 1948- author
"Authored by a leading epidemiologist, this engrossing book answers our questions about animal diseases that jump to humans--called zoonoses--including what attracts them to humans, why they have become more common in recent history, and how we can keep them at bay. Almost all pandemics and epidemics have been caused by diseases that come to us from animals, including SARS, Ebola, and--now--Covid-19. Epidemiologist, veterinarian, and ecosystem health specialist, David Waltner-Toews, gathers the latest research to profile dozens of illnesses in On Pandemics. Coronaviruses, such as those that cause SARS and Covid-19, have made bats their home for centuries. Until SARS came along, we didn't know they were there, nor do we know how many other death-dealing viruses might be living undetected in wildlife."-- Provided by publisher.
Outbreaks and epidemics : battling infection from measles to coronavirus
Senthilingam, Meera, author
In recent years, outbreaks of Ebola and Zika have provided vivid examples of how difficult it is to contain an infection once it strikes, and the panic that a rapidly spreading epidemic can ignite. But while we chase the diseases we are already aware of, new ones are constantly emerging, initiating a new race to identify them. Meera Senthilingam presents a timely look at humanity's ongoing battle against infection, examining the successes and failures of the past, along with how we are confronting the challenges of today, and our chances of eradicating disease in the future.
Pale rider : the Spanish flu of 1918 and how it changed the world
Spinney, Laura, author
Pandemic : tracking contagions, from cholera to ebola and beyond
Shah, Sonia, author
The pandemic century : one hundred years of panic, hysteria, and hubris
Honigsbaum, Mark, author
How can we understand the COVID-19 pandemic? Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, scientists have dreamed of preventing such catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease. Yet despite a century of medical progress, viral and bacterial disasters continue to take us by surprise, inciting panic and dominating news cycles. In The Pandemic Century, a lively account of scares both infamous and less known, medical historian Mark Honigsbaum combines reportage with the history of science and medical sociology to artfully reconstruct epidemiological mysteries and the ecology of infectious diseases. We meet dedicated disease detectives, obstructive or incompetent public health officials, and brilliant scientists often blinded by their own knowledge of bacteria and viruses--and see how fear of disease often exacerbates racial, religious, and ethnic tensions.
Pandemonium : bird flu, mad cow disease & other biological plagues of the 21st century
Nikiforuk, Andrew, 1955-
"Pandemonium" is the authoritative and compelling story of current and coming pandemics, from avian flu to SARS to BSE, from Lyme disease to anthrax. In an increasingly industrialized global society, these invaders - and the H5N1 virus is only the latest - pose an ever greater threat.
The plague cycle : the unending war between humanity and infectious disease
Kenny, Charles, author
This history of mankind's battles against infectious diseases looks at how epidemics shaped empires and economies and how medical revolutions freed us from these cycles until new threats caused by changes in global trade and climate.
Rabid : a cultural history of the world's most diabolical virus
Soap and water & common sense : the definitive guide to viruses, bacteria, parasites, and disease
Henry, Bonnie, Dr., author
"As a physician who has spent the better part of the last three decades chasing bugs all over the world -- from Ebola in Uganda to polio in Pakistan, SARS in Toronto, and the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in British Columbia -- Dr. Bonnie Henry, a leading epidemiologist (microbe hunter) and public health doctor, offers three simple rules to live by: clean your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, and stay home when you have a fever. From viruses to bacteria to parasites and fungi, Dr. Henry takes us on a tour through the halls of Microbes Inc., providing up-to-date and accurate information on everything we eat and drink, the bugs in our backyard, and beyond. Lively, informative, and fascinating, Soap and Water & Common Sense is the definitive guide to staying healthy in a germ-filled world."-- Provided by publisher.
Spillover : animal infections and the next human pandemic
Quammen, David, 1948-
Splendid solution : Jonas Salk and the conquest of polio
Viruses, pandemics, and immunity
Chakraborty, Arup, author.
"Informed and accessible overview of viruses and pandemics, how our immune system combats them, and how diagnostic tests, vaccines, and antiviral therapies work to form the foundation of public health."-- Provided by publisher.