Secret Agents: The Menace of Emerging Infections
The relationship between microorganisms and humans is perhaps the most fascinating story relating to humankind. The origins of the relationship date from well before the appearance of the first hominids on Earth, although we began to write the story only about a century ago. It is a tale of love and hate because, while humans need microorganisms, we also fight them.
This excellent book is, to some extent, a story of war, from the intricacies of the initial strategic plans of both armies to the open battles with their deadly consequences. The narrative is revealing, authoritative, and well documented. It looks at many infectious diseases that have thrown up major challenges over the past century and at how we have sought to confront them. Despite the many battles gained by one or other army, this is a war with no winner. It is endless.
At the dawn of the 21st