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Viruses: A Very Short Introduction

Third Edition

Dorothy Crawford

October 2022

ISBN: 9780192865069

168 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Viruses are everywhere, and as the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, cannot be ignored. From their discovery to the unravelling of their intricate structures, this Very Short Introduction provides a rounded and concise account of the nature of viruses, how they attack their hosts, and the efforts to control them.

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Viruses are everywhere, and as the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, cannot be ignored. From their discovery to the unravelling of their intricate structures, this Very Short Introduction provides a rounded and concise account of the nature of viruses, how they attack their hosts, and the efforts to control them.

  • Provides a rounded and concise account of the nature of viruses, how they attack their hosts, and the efforts to control them
  • Considers the viruses behind pandemics past and present
  • Looks to the future and considers the preventative measures and management of future dangerous viruses that are expected to emerge
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

New to this edition

  • Fully updated to examine the COVID-19 pandemic and the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible
  • Explores the recent revolution in vaccine production and the preventative measures and management of future dangerous viruses that are expected to emerge

About the Author(s)

Dorothy Crawford, Emeritus professor of medical microbiology, University of Edinburgh

Dorothy H Crawford is Emeritus Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Edinburgh. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Academy of Medical Sciences. She was awarded an OBE for services to medicine and higher education in 2005. Dorothy is the author of The Invisible Enemy (OUP, 2000); Deadly Companions (OUP, 2007); Virus Hunt (OUP, 2013); and Ebola (OUP, 2016).