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Infectious Disease
Author: Marta Wayne

ISBN: 9780199688937
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 25 June 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.4 x 0.8
Description:
As doctors and biologists have learned, to their dismay, infectious disease is a moving target: new diseases emerge every year, old diseases evolve into new forms, and ecological and socioeconomic upheavals change the transmission pathways by which disease spread. By taking an approach focused on the general evolutionary and ecological dynamics of disease, thisVery Short Introduction provides a general conceptual framework for thinking about disease.

Ecology and evolution provide the keys to answering the "where", "why", "how", and "what" questions about any particular infectious disease: where did it come from? How is it transmitted from one person to another, and why are some individuals more susceptible than others? What biochemical, ecological, and evolutionary strategies can be used to combat the disease? Is it more effective to block transmission at the population level, or to block infection at the individual level? Through a series of case studies, Benjamin Bolker and Marta L. Wayne introduce the major ideas of infectious disease in a clear and thoughtful way, emphasizing the general principles of infection, the management ...

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