The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years

Picador - In recent years, malaria has emerged as a cause celebre for voguish philanthropists. From the settling of the new world to the construction of the Panama Canal, Shah tracks malaria's jagged ascent and the tragedies in its wake, through wartimes and the advances of the Industrial Revolution, revealing a parasite every bit as persistent as the insects that carry it.

With distinguished prose and original reporting from Panama,  The Fever captures the curiously fascinating, Malawi, and elsewhere, India, Cameroon, devastating history of this long-standing thorn in the side of humanity. Through the centuries, she finds, we've invested our hopes in a panoply of drugs and technologies, and invariably those hopes have been dashed.

The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years - Still, in a time when every emergent disease inspires waves of panic, delivering a timely, why aren't we doing more to tame one of our oldest foes? And how does a pathogen that we've known how to prevent for more than a century still infect 500 million people every year, journalist Sonia Shah sets out to answer those questions, killing nearly one million of them?  In The Fever, inquisitive chronicle of the illness and its influence on human lives.

Bill gates, bono, and laura bush are only a few of the personalities who have lent their names--and opened their pocketbooks--in hopes of stopping the disease.

Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond

Picador - Over the past fifty years, more than three hundred infectious diseases have emerged or reemerged in new territory. A true story that is both gripping and alarming, pandemic delves deep into the convoluted science, and the checkered history of one of the world’s deadliest diseases, strange politics, offering a prelude to the future that’s impossible to ignore.

Experts around the world are bracing for a deadly, disruptive pandemic. In pandemic: tracking contagions, prizewinning journalist Sonia Shah reveals how that could happen, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond, by drawing parallels between cholera-one of history’s most deadly and disruptive pandemic-causing pathogens-and the new diseases that stalk us today.

Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond - . Picador USA. As shah traces each stage of cholera’s dramatic journey from harmless microbe to world-changing pandemic, she reports on the pathogens that have followed cholera’s footsteps-from the MRSA bacterium that besieges her own family to the never-before-seen killers emerging from China’s wet markets, the slums of Port-au-Prince, the surgical wards of New Delhi, and the suburban backyards of the East Coast.

A thrilling glimpse into the next likely global contagion-and how to stop it.

The Leafcutter Ants: Civilization by Instinct

W. W. Norton & Company - Four-color throughout, 56 photographs Picador USA. Inspired by a section of the authors' acclaimed The Superorganism, this brilliantly illustrated work provides the ultimate explanation of what a social order with a half-billion years of animal evolution has achieved. Each colony of leafcutters contains as many as five million workers, all the daughters of a single queen that can live over a decade.

A gigantic nest can stretch thirty feet across, rise five feet or more above the ground, and consist of hundreds of chambers that reach twenty-five feet below the ground surface. Indeed, the leafcutters have parlayed their instinctive civilization into a virtual domination of forest, grassland, and cropland―from Louisiana to Patagonia.

The Leafcutter Ants: Civilization by Instinct - From the pulitzer prize-winning authors of The Ants comes this dynamic and visually spectacular portrait of Earth's ultimate superorganism. The leafcutter ants is the most detailed and authoritative description of any ant species ever produced. With a text suitable for both a lay and a scientific audience, the book provides an unforgettable tour of Earth's most evolved animal societies.

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition

St. Martin's Griffin - Griffin. An international bestseller, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat. One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years.

Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigative reporting. Picador USA. Now republished in a special 20th Anniversary edition, And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time.

Spitting Blood: The history of tuberculosis

Oxford University Press - The very mention of tuberculosis brings to mind romantic images of great literary figures pouring out their souls in creative works as their bodies were being decimated by consumption. There is evidence from the archaeological record that Mycobacterium tuberculosis and its human hosts have been together for a very long time.

Bynum also examines the place tuberculosis holds in the popular imagination and its role in various forms of the dramatic arts. It is a disease that at various times has had a certain glamour associated with it. From the medieval period to the modern day, touching on the various discoveries that have emerged about the disease over time, Helen Bynum explores the history and development of tuberculosis throughout the world, and focussing on the experimental approaches of Jean-Antoine Villemin 1827-92 and Robert Koch 1842-1910.

Spitting Blood: The history of tuberculosis - Picador USA. The story of tuberculosis is far from over. Oxford university Press, USA. Tuberculosis is characterized as a social disease and few have been more inextricably linked with human history. The disease has returned with a vengeance - in drug-resistant form. In the meantime, tuberculosis has emerged again in the West, both among the urban underclass and in association with a new infection - HIV.

The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, The Epidemic That Shaped Our History

Berkley - Griffin. There, they launched one of history's most controversial human studies. In 1900, the U. S. Capital, and altered the outcome of wars. Picador USA. Compelling and terrifying, the american Plague depicts the story of yellow fever and its reign in this country-and in Africa, where even today it strikes thousands every year.

Over the course of history, halted commerce, yellow fever has paralyzed governments, quarantined cities, moved the U. S. During a single summer in memphis alone, it cost more lives than the Chicago fire, the San Francisco earthquake, and the Johnstown flood combined. In this national-bestselling account, a journalist traces the course of yellow fever, stopping in 1878 Memphis to "vividly evoke the Faulkner-meets-'Dawn of the Dead' horrors, "*-and moving on to today's strain of the killer virus.

The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, The Epidemic That Shaped Our History - Sent three doctors to Cuba to discover how yellow fever was spread. Oxford university Press, USA. With "arresting tales of heroism, "** it is a story as much about the nature of human beings as it is about the nature of disease.

Zika: The Emerging Epidemic

W. W. Norton & Company - But as early as august 2015, doctors in northeast brazil began to notice a trend: many mothers who had recently experienced symptoms of the Zika virus were giving birth to babies with microcephaly, a serious disorder characterized by unusually small heads and brain damage. By early 2016, zika was making headlines as evidence mounted―and eventually confirmed―that microcephaly is caused by the virus, which can be contracted through mosquito bites or sexually transmitted.

The first death on american soil, in February 2016, was confirmed in Puerto Rico in April. Mcneil Jr. The first case of microcephaly in Puerto Rico was confirmed on May 13, 2016. Sets the facts straight in a fascinating exploration of Zika’s origins, how it’s spreading, the race for a cure, and what we can do to protect ourselves now.

Zika: The Emerging Epidemic - Mcneil Jr. Until recently, zika―once considered a mild disease―was hardly a cause for global panic. W w norton Co Inc. Griffin. The virus has been known to be transmitted by the aedes aegypti or Yellow Fever mosquito, but now Aedes albopictus, has been found to carry it as well, the Asian Tiger mosquito, which means it might affect regions as far north as New England and the Great Lakes.

Over the next year, more than 5 million babies will be born.

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World

Riverhead Books - In a triumph of multidisciplinary thinking, the rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry, Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of disease, offering both a riveting history and a powerful explanation of how it has shaped the world we live in. Picador USA. Griffin. But lacking the infrastructure-garbage removal, clean water, sewers-necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure.

The ghost map the story of london s Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science Cities and the Modern World. Oxford university Press, USA. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action-and ultimately solve the most pressing medical riddle of their time. W w norton Co Inc.

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World - A national bestseller, a new york times notable book, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year It's the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world.

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

W. W. Norton & Company - David quammen has tracked this subject from the jungles of Central Africa, the rooftops of Bangladesh, and the caves of southern China to the laboratories where researchers work in space suits to study lethal viruses. Oxford university Press, USA. Quammen is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers, period.

Dwight garner, new york timesthe next big human pandemic―the next disease cataclysm, perhaps on the scale of AIDS or the 1918 influenza―is likely to be caused by a new virus coming to humans from wildlife. W w norton Co Inc. He illuminates the dynamics of ebola, lyme disease, SARS, bird flu, and other emerging threats and tells the story of AIDS and its origins as it has never before been told.

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic - Spillover reads like a mystery tale, full of mayhem and clues and questions. When the next big one arrives, what will it look like? From which innocent host animal will it emerge? Will we be ready? Picador USA. Griffin. The ghost map the story of london s Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science Cities and the Modern World.

Used book in Good Condition. Experts call such an event “spillover” and they warn us to brace ourselves. Mr.

Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus

W. W. Norton & Company - And until we find it, Ebola will continue to strike. The ghost map the story of london s Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science Cities and the Modern World. The search is on to find Ebola’s elusive host animal. Used book in Good Condition. Griffin. Acclaimed science writer and explorer David Quammen first came near the virus while he was traveling in the jungles of Gabon, accompanied by local men whose village had been devastated by a recent outbreak.

Here he tells the story of Ebola―its past, present, and its unknowable future. Extracted from Spillover by David Quammen, updated and with additional material. As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace. W w norton Co Inc. A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story.

Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus - Walter isaacsonin 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest. Oxford university Press, USA. It can kill up to 90 percent of its victims. In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle. Picador USA.

Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, Updated with a New Preface

University of California Press - W w norton Co Inc. Oxford university Press, USA. Paul farmer has battled aidS in rural Haiti and deadly strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis in the slums of Peru. Picador USA. University of California Press. Farmer writes of what can be done in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds, by physicians determined to treat those in need.

The ghost map the story of london s Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science Cities and the Modern World. In reality, global as well as local, larger forces, determine why some people are sick and others are shielded from risk. A physician-anthropologist with more than fifteen years in the field, Farmer writes from the front lines of the war against these modern plagues and shows why, even more than those of history, they target the poor.

Used book in Good Condition. Infections and inequalities weds meticulous scholarship with a passion for solutions―remedies for the plagues of the poor and the social maladies that have sustained them. This "peculiarly modern inequality" that permeates aids, TB, and that feeds emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola and cholera, malaria, and typhoid in the modern world, is laid bare in Farmer's harrowing stories of sickness and suffering.

Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, Updated with a New Preface - Challenging the accepted methodologies of epidemiology and international health, from "cost-effectiveness" to patient "noncompliance, he points out that most current explanatory strategies, " inevitably lead to blaming the victims. Yet this moving account is far from a hopeless inventory of insoluble problems.