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Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today (Ft Press Science Series) (English Edition) 1er Édition, Format Kindle
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Description du produit
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“Clear, thoughtful, and thought-provoking, Germs, Genes & Civilizationmakes the case that infectious diseases have played a major role in shaping society. Clark argues that religion, morals, and even democracy have all been influenced by the smallest and most dangerous organisms on our planet. While you may not accept every argument, you will be stimulated, entertained, and enlightened.”
Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D., President, Stony Brook University, and former Director of the Midwest Regional Center for Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research
“Clark presents an insightful explanation of the invisible history all around us. He conveys the essential facts in a riveting and engaging manner that everyone, including the nonscientist, will find exceptionally interesting and revealing.”
Michael C. Thomsett, author of The Inquisition
“Germs, Genes & Civilizationis a fascinating and well-balanced account of how a wide variety of different kinds of microbes have influenced human evolution, culture, society, and even religious thought. Written for a lay audience, the relationships between genes and disease resistance and susceptibility are clearly discussed, and the book concludes with a sober assessment of what may be in store for us in the future.”
Irwin W. Sherman, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Riverside, and author of Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World and The Power of Plagues
The Stunning Hidden Interconnections Between Microbes and Humanity
AD 452: Attila the Hun stands ready to sack Rome. No one can stop him--but he walks away. A miracle? No...dysentery. Microbes saved the Roman Empire. Nearly a millennium later, the microbes of the Black Death ended the Middle Ages, making possible the Renaissance, western democracy, and the scientific revolution. Soon after, microbes ravaged the Americas, paving the way for their European conquest.
Again and again, microbes have shaped our health, our genetics, our history, our culture, our politics, even our religion and ethics. This book reveals much that scientists and cultural historians have learned about the pervasive interconnections between infectious microbes and humans. It also considers what our ongoing fundamental relationship with infectious microbes might mean for the future of the human species.
The “good side” of history’s worst epidemics
The surprising debt we owe to killer diseases
Where diseases came from...
...and where they may be going
Children of pestilence: disease and civilization
From Egypt to Mexico, from Rome to China
STDs, sexual behavior, and culture
How microbes can shape cultural cycles of puritanism and promiscuity
--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition hardcover.
Biographie de l'auteur
David Clark was born June 1952 in Croydon, a London suburb. After winning a scholarship to Christ’s College, Cambridge, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973. In 1977, he earned his Ph.D. from Bristol University for work on antibiotic resistance. David then left England for postdoctoral research at Yale and then the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty of Southern Illinois University in 1981 and is now a professor in the Microbiology Department. In 1991, he visited Sheffield University, England, as a Royal Society Guest Research Fellow. The U.S. Department of Energy funded David’s research into the genetics and regulation of bacterial fermentation from 1982 till 2007. David has published more than 70 articles in scientific journals and graduated more than 20 masters and Ph.D. students. David is the author of Molecular Biology Made Simple and Fun, now in its third edition, as well as three more serious textbooks.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition hardcover.
Détails sur le produit
- ASIN : B0032BW5CK
- Éditeur : FT Press; 1er édition (8 janvier 2010)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 407 KB
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 304 pages
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Not that prayers ever cured any infectious (or other) disease but it certainly looked that way for the ones who survived. Did natural selection took place favoring 'believers' over non-believers? As the author documents, the common sense of some 'religious' practices (basically improving hygiene and segregating the sick) may have been helpful regardless of their 'supernatural' origin.
To be human means, among other things, is to understand WHY things (not only diseases) are happening. For most of the existence of our species correct explanations (mostly science) did not exist. So, religion in a general sense - many varieties of it - substituted in the past and for a very large number of people it still does.
Not much we, a small minority of agnostics, can do about it. It is in our genes and there may not be a natural selection to increase our numbers. We may feel superior (good for us...) but we will die just like anyone else from mostly circulatory diseases or cancer. No natural selection here.
The author apparently likes cats and so do I. Will it prolong our procreative lives? Certainly not. The author is not even married...