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Annotation: Discusses what an epidemic is, how it evolves, various causes and carriers, and efforts to prevent epidemics.
Catalog Number: #600270075
Format: Ebook
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Copyright Date: 2000
Edition Date: 2000
Territory: North America
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7566-6806-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-7566-6806-8
Dewey: 614
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This Eyewitness book, which was written in association with the American Museum of Natural History, definitely makes the most of the familiar pictorial format. Crystal clear photographs, often highly magnified, crowd the pages, supplying a close-up look at the various critters that cause human beings so many problems. There's more here than great pictures, however. Wrapped around the photos is enough concise, informative text to give browsers a sense of how epidemics have affected human history, how they spread, and how medical science is working to keep them contained. There's no sensationalizing, but the pictures aren't the stuff of bedtime reading. Kids will grab this and talk about it with their friends.
Horn Book
Full-page spreads address aspects of epidemics such as what defines one, how infections spread, modern and historical pandemics, and the progress that has been made in dealing with them. The format is the usual striking scattershot of captions and color photos, with reproductions of medieval art, micrographs, and enlarged plastic models of pathogens, but some pages are overly crowded. Ind.
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Word Count: 5,654
Reading Level: 8.1
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.1 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 87205 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: IG1090L

For as along as people have lived together in communities, infectious disease has been a part of everyday life. The fascinating story of disease-causing microbes, bacteria, and viruses crosses every area of human existence from medicine, social history, and geography to art and natural history. This unique guide takes you on a compelling journey through time and into the future, from the plagues of the Ancient Egyptians to the laboratories of the twenty-first century. Written by science and medical expert Brian Ward and produced in association with The American Museum of Natural History, Epidemicis one of the few in-depth explorations of this extraordinary subject for the ordinary reader.

Discover the battle against epidemics from the Black Death and smallpox to the modern superbug.

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