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Six Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them: And How We Are Causing Them (Hardback)
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Six Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them: And How We Are Causing Them (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 10/09/2003
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In Six Modern Plagues, Mark Jerome Walters elucidates the surprising connections between human-induced changes to the natural environment and recent epidemics, including West Nile virus, mad cow disease, HIV/AIDS. Lyme disease, and SARS. According to Walters, we are not only victims of these emerging diseases; we are helping exacerhate their creation and spread. Only if we learn to recognize our role in these outbreaks, or, "eco-demics," can we take measures to diffuse their power. For the new paperback edition, Walters has updated information on the recent bird flu epidemic.

Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781559639927
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
oIn a clear, engaging style, Dr. Walters tells the tale of each disease like a detective story.o --New York Times
oWalters has done us a great service by spelling out the links between our lifestyles and our vulnerabilities.o --Los Angeles Times
oRefreshingly, this latest book explores the underlying shifts in human ecology and behaviour that have potentiated recent epidemics....Walters achieves a balance between environmental science, clinical medicine, human interest and social comment.o --Nature
"Refreshingly, this latest book explores the underlying shifts in human ecology and behavior that have potentiated recent epidemics . . .Walters achieves a balance between environmental science, clinical medicine, human interest, and social comment."--Tony McMichael ""Nature" "
""Six Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them" is a fascinating work of ecological journalism, utterly convincing in its argument: that our health and the health of the environment are intimately linked, and we overlook that link at our peril."--Michael Pollan "author of "Second Nature" and "The Botany of Desire" "
"Mark Walters weaves a fine thread of human disturbances through the quilt work of modern pandemics. After being drawn engagingly into the explosive symptoms of global environmental change, readers will come to understand that we have no choice but to make peace with nature."--Paul R. Epstein "M.D., M.P.H., Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School "

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