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Published: 08 February 2018

272 Pages | 21 black & white illustrations


ISBN: 9780198815440

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Combining tales of devastating epidemics with accessible science and fascinating history, Deadly Companions reveals how closely microbes have evolved with us over the millennia, shaping human civilization.

Deadly Companions

How Microbes Shaped our History

Dorothy H. Crawford

Oxford Landmark Science

  • A fascinating insight into human cultural history, and how closely it has been influenced at every step by microbes, our deadly companions
  • Explains the biology and life-stories of microbes such as smallpox, flu, malaria, HIV, and MRSA, and why they have evolved to be so effective
  • This new edition includes substantial consideration of the recent Ebola and Zika epidemics, and updated case studies and statistics
  • Includes stories of devastation wrought by epidemics and pandemics, and examines controversies over the real cause of the black death
  • Reveals how microbes may have forced the exodus of early man from Africa
  • Part of the Oxford Landmark Science range: 'must-read' modern science and big ideas, which have shaped the way we think

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