Human Infectious Disease And Public Health (oxford Format: Paperback.

Human Infectious Disease And Public Health (oxford Format: Paperback

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  • ISBN 10: 0198814380
  • ISBN 13: 9780198814382


Infectious disease will affect most of us at some point in our lives, despite tremendous advances in medicine over the past century. We all still fall ill from pathogens in our everyday environments - but many of us now survive infections which would have proved fatal in the past. Ourunderstanding of the nature of infectious diseases continues to grow - as does our understanding of the human immune system. We continue to develop drugs and public health regimens to attempt to treat or prevent more and more diseases from causing acute sickness and/or long-term health problems -and indeed, we have been successful at eradicating (or almost eradicating) a number of previously common illnesses over the past fifty years.This text explores the structure and function of each distinct type of pathogen (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and prion disease), as well as the biochemical processes taking place when an infection is caused by any of these agents. It goes on to look at the role the human immune system playsin preventing, containing and destroying pathogens which enter the human body, using up to date research to ensure that students are abreast of the most recent developments in immunology. The text also examines the "evolutionary arms race" between human beings and infectious disease, looking atgenetic traits which confer protection against some infectious diseases, and how pathogens are constantly changing to work around our defences.The final section of the primer explores disease prevention and treatment - antibiotics, antivirals and antifungal agents and their mechanisms of action; public health and vaccination; the dangers of antibiotic resistance; and potential sources for new antimicrobial agents around the world.Online resourcesFor students:Online quizzes for each chapter so that students can quickly check their understanding of the key conceptsFor teachers:Artwork from the book in easy-to-download format, for use in class materials and handouts

Other Details

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Language: Eng
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Date Published: 2019
  • Authors: Fullick, William