Journals Higher Education



Published: 22 January 2009

272 Pages | 24 figures and tables


ISBN: 9780199561445

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Deadly Companions

How microbes shaped our history

Dorothy H. Crawford

  • 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.
  • 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.

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